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tart

noun uk   /tɑːt/ us    /tɑːrt/

tart noun (FOOD)

[C or U] an open pastry case with a filling, usually of something sweet such as fruit: apple/strawberry/custard tart

tart noun (WOMAN)

[C] very informal disapproving a woman who intentionally wears the type of clothes and make-up that attract sexual attention in a way that is too obvious [C] old-fashioned slang a female prostitute

tart

adjective uk   /tɑːt/ us    /tɑːrt/

tart adjective (SOUR)

(especially of fruit) tasting sour or acidic: You might need some sugar on the rhubarb - it's a bit tart.

tart adjective (BEHAVIOUR)

(especially of a way of speaking) quick or sharp and unpleasant: a tart remark/comment/reply
tartly
adverb uk   /ˈtɑːt.li/ us    /ˈtɑːrt-/
"You don't seem to appreciate the situation!" she exclaimed tartly.
tartness
noun [U] uk   /ˈtɑːt.nəs/ us    /ˈtɑːrt-/
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