- a small, usually hard, tumorous growth on the skin, caused by a virus
- any small protuberance, as a glandular protuberance on a plant
- an imperfection, failing, flaw, etc.: usually used in pl.: a lovable person, warts and all
Origin of wartMiddle English warte ; from Old English wearte, akin to German warze ; from Indo-European base an unverified form wer-, a raised place from source Classical Latin verruca, wart, varix
- a. A hard rough lump growing on the skin, caused by infection with certain viruses and occurring typically on the hands or feet.b. A similar growth or protuberance, as on a plant.
- A genital wart.
- a. One that resembles or is likened to a wart, especially in unattractiveness or smallness.b. An imperfection; a flaw.
Origin of wartMiddle English, from Old English wearte.
- wart′ed, wart′y