Meaning of “tart” in the English Dictionary

"tart" in British English

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tartnoun

uk /tɑːt/ us /tɑːrt/

tart noun (FOOD)

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

tart noun (WOMAN)

[ C ] mainlyUK 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

tartadjective

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 little tart.

tart adjective (BEHAVIOUR)

(especially of a way of speaking) quick or sharp and unpleasant:

tartly
adverb uk /ˈtɑːt.li/ us /ˈtɑːrt.li/

"You don't seem to appreciate the situation!" she exclaimed tartly.
tartness
noun [ U ] uk /ˈtɑːt.nəs/ us /ˈtɑːrt.nəs/

(Definition of “tart” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"tart" in American English

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tartadjective

us /tɑrt/

tart adjective (SOUR)

tasting sour:

I like tart, firm apples, like Granny Smiths.

tartnoun [ C ]

us /tɑrt/

tart noun [ C ] (FOOD)

a small pastry with a usually sweet filling and no top:

fruit tarts
I ordered the blueberry tart.

(Definition of “tart” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)