- The definition of tart is something that has a sharp or sour taste.
An example of tart is the taste of lemons.
- Tart is defined as a small pastry shell filled with fruit, jam or jelly.
An example of a tart is a small open faced pie filled with custard and topped with sliced fruit.
Lemons are tart.
- sharp in taste; sour; acid; acidulous
- sharp in meaning or implication; cutting: a tart answer
Origin of tartMiddle English ; from Old English teart ; from Proto-Germanic an unverified form trat- ; from Indo-European base an unverified form der- from source tear
- a small shell of pastry filled with jam, jelly, etc.
- in England, a small pie filled with fruit or jam and often having a top crust
Origin of tartMiddle English tarte ; from Old French probably variant, variety of tourte ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin torta, twisted loaf ; from Classical Latin tortus: see tort
Origin of tart; from tart, origin, originally , slang term of endearment
- Having a sharp pungent taste; sour. See Synonyms at sour.
- Sharp or bitter in tone or meaning; cutting.
Origin of tartMiddle English, from Old English teart, severe; see der- in Indo-European roots.
- a. A pastry shell with shallow sides, no top crust, and any of various fillings.b. Chiefly British A pie.
- a. A prostitute.b. A woman considered to be sexually promiscuous.
transitive verbtart·ed, tart·ing, tarts Chiefly British
Origin of tartMiddle English tarte, from Old French, perhaps alteration of tartane, from Late Latin torta, a kind of bread.
(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 *teraną (“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 thartë (“sour, acid, sharp”).
- A type of small open pie, or piece of pastry, containing jelly or conserve; a sort of fruit pie.
Old French tarte (“flat pastry”).
- (UK, slang) A prostitute.
- (UK, slang, derogatory) By extension, any woman with loose sexual morals.
(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