a small, often hard, abnormal elevation on the skin, usually caused by a papomavirus.
any small protuberance, as on the surface of certain plants, the skin of certain animals, etc.
any unattractive detrimental feature or aspect: The biography presents the full story of the prime minister's political career, warts and all.

before 900; Middle English; Old English wearte; cognate with German Warze, Old Norse varta; akin to Latin verrūca wart

warted, adjective
wartless, adjective
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wart (wɔːt)
1.  pathol Also called: verruca any firm abnormal elevation of the skin caused by a virus
2.  botany a small rounded outgrowth
3.  warts and all with all blemishes evident
[Old English weart(e); related to Old High German warza, Old Norse varta]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. wearte, from P.Gmc. *warton- (cf. O.N. varta, O.Fris. warte, Du. wrat, O.H.G. warza, Ger. warze "wart"), from PIE base *wer- (cf. L. verruca "swelling, wart;" see vary). Phrase warts and all "without concealment of blemishes" is attested from 1763, supposedly from Oliver
Cromwell's instruction to his portrait painter.
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Medical Dictionary

wart (wôrt)
A hard, rough lump that grows on the skin and is caused by infection with certain viruses; it typically occurs on the hands or feet. Also called verruca, verruga.

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Science Dictionary
wart   (wôrt)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. A small growth on the skin caused by a virus, occurring typically on the hands or feet.

  2. A similar growth on a plant, especially one caused by a fungal disease.

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Slang Dictionary

wart definition

  1. n.
    an annoying person. (Also a rude term of address.) : Tell the wart to leave, or we will be forced to call Spike, who doesn't care for such persons.
  2. n.
    a problem or an obstruction in a plan. : Okay, now we come to the wart. We don't have the money to carry out this plan.
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Computing Dictionary

wart definition

A small, crocky feature that sticks out of an otherwise clean design. Something conspicuous for localised ugliness, especially a special-case exception to a general rule. For example, in some versions of "csh(1)", single quotes literalise every character inside them except "!". In ANSI C, the "?" syntax used for obtaining ASCII characters in a foreign environment is a wart. See also miswart.
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Example sentences
Wart removers are medicines used to eliminate warts, which are small, usually
  painless growths on the skin caused by a virus.
Your comic timing may be worse than a wart hog's, but you can still read a
  short and provocative news story or play a tape.
Not if the face you're looking at has a hairy wart on the tip of its nose.
He injected bleomycin crystals in liquid form into each wart.
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