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Meaning of MALAPERT

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Mal"a*pert\, a. [OF. malapert unskillful, ill-taught,
ill-bred; mal ill + apert open, adroit, intelligent, L.
apertus, p. p. of aperire to open. See {Malice}, and
{Aperient}.]
Bold; forward; impudent; saucy; pert. --Shak. -- n. A
malapert person.

      Are you growing malapert! Will you force me to make use
      of my authority ?                        --Dryden.
-- {Mal"a*pert`ly}, adv. -- {Mal"a*pert`ness}, n.

 

 

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