saucy; impudent; pert
Origin of malapertOld French from mal, badly (see mal-) + appert, variant, variety of espert, experienced, deft (see expert): influenced, influence by apert, open, bold ( from Classical Latin apertus: see aperture)
a saucy, impudent person
Impudently bold in speech or manner; saucy.
An impudent, saucy person.
Origin of malapertMiddle English from Old French mal- mal- apert clever alteration ( influenced by apert clever, saucy ; see pert . ) of Latin expertus ; see expert .
- (now archaic) An impudent or saucy person. [from 15th c.]
(comparative more malapert, superlative most malapert)
From mal- +"Ž apert.