tart [1] NOUN an open pastry case containing a sweet or savoury filling.
DERIVATIVES tartlet noun.
ORIGIN Old French tarte.
tart [2] NOUN informal, derogatory a prostitute or promiscuous woman.
VERB 1) (tart oneself up) informal, chiefly Brit. dress or make oneself up in order to look attractive. 2) (tart up) decorate or improve the appearance of.
DERIVATIVES tarty adjective (tartier, tartiest) .
ORIGIN probably from SWEETHEART(Cf. ↑sweetheart).
tart [3] ADJECTIVE 1) sharp or acid in taste. 2) (of a remark or tone of voice) cutting, bitter, or sarcastic.
DERIVATIVES tartly adverb tartness noun.
ORIGIN Old English, «harsh, severe».

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