(comparative tarter, superlative tartest)
- Sharp to the taste; acid; sour.
- I ate a very tart apple.
- (of wine) high or too high in acidity.
- (figuratively) Sharp; keen; severe.
- He gave me a very tart reply.
From Middle English tart, from Old English teart (“sharp, rough, severe"), from Proto-Germanic *tartaz (“rough, sharp, tearing"), from Proto-Germanic *teranÄ… (“to tear"), from Proto-Indo-European *der- (“to flay, split, cleave"). Related to Dutch tarten (“to defy, challenge, mock"), German trotzen (“to defy, brave, mock"), German zart (“delicate, tender"), Albanian thartÃ« (“sour, acid, sharp").
Old French tarte (“flat pastry").
(third-person singular simple present tarts, present participle tarting, simple past and past participle tarted)
- To practice prostitution
- To practice promiscuous sex
- To dress garishly, ostentatiously, whorish,or slutty
From sweetheart or jam tart (“attractive woman") by shortening