Main definitions of tart in English

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tart1

noun

  • An open pastry case containing a sweet or savoury filling.

    ‘an apple tart’
    • ‘Other desserts include French apple tarts, New York cheesecake, and praline imperial.’
    • ‘They can also be shredded into scones or bread to add a gorgeous yellow colour, or added to savoury tarts, sweet buns or sponge puddings.’
    • ‘We end with Chinese egg custard tart, not too sweet, and very, very light.’
    • ‘I liked the apple tart (with a rich buttery crust and fresh pecan ice cream), and the intensely caramelized Mexican tres leche torte.’
    • ‘Place a buttercup squash tart on a plate with a serving of salad next to the tart.’
    • ‘The dessert cabinet, which contained an apple tart, cheesecake, strawberries and fruit salad, remained tantalisingly out of reach.’
    • ‘Among the street stall holders was Bernie Nyham whose delicious home cooking treats featured apple tarts and custard pies.’
    • ‘We eventually get our custard tarts, still warm from the oven.’
    • ‘Desserts here have been a weak link, from a tough-crusted fruit tart to tough-skinned profiteroles to a too-goopy bread pudding.’
    • ‘We skipped dessert which included pear tart, Italian summer pudding (there's optimism for you) and tirami su.’
    • ‘Proper lunch food is also available, including soups, hot savoury tarts, sandwiches, Greek salad and vegetable lasagne.’
    • ‘We shared a pudding - home-made apple tart with vanilla ice cream and blueberry sauce.’
    • ‘There were also single-crusted tarts with similar fillings and tarts of apples and other fruits.’
    • ‘Place pineapple on dessert plate and top with chocolate tart and ice cream.’
    • ‘Cover each tart with a puff pastry circle and bake until the puff pastry is golden and crisp, about ten minutes.’
    • ‘We had roast potatoes and cauliflower and then something like apple tart with custard for afters.’
    • ‘There are bagels and muffins, chocolate chip cookies, eclairs, tarts, Danish pastries, baklavas and quiches.’
    • ‘Dessert was a further roll-call of tradition and included lemon tart, apple crumble, apple tart, banoffi pie, praline cake and creme caramel.’
    • ‘We use pastry trimmings for our tarts, as the pastry rises less and gives a fine, crisp finish.’
    • ‘Only one dessert - a pumpkin-meringue tart at war with itself - misfires.’
    pastry, flan, tartlet, quiche, strudel
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Origin

Late Middle English (denoting a savoury pie): from Old French tarte or medieval Latin tarta, of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

tart

/tɑːt/

Main definitions of tart in English

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tart2

noun

British
derogatory, informal
  • 1A woman who dresses or behaves in a way that is considered tasteless and sexually provocative.

    ‘she wears skirts this short all the time—she's such a tart’
    • ‘Men and women call women in short skirts and lots of make-up 'tarts' and everyone knows it.’
    • ‘His affair with that posh tart has finally done for him.’
    • ‘The affairs had continued over the years - one silly tart after another.’
    • ‘What mathematical model could account for the happily married successful man risking marriage and career for a meaningless drunken grope with the office tart at the Christmas party?’
    • ‘My favourite moment had to be his declaration in the diary room that the British public had done well to evict a Page 3 tart, rather than a leading left-wing anti-war crusader like him.’
    • ‘My bet is they pigeonhole girls just like they always did, as nice girls or tarts.’
    1. 1.1dated A prostitute.
      ‘the tarts were touting for trade’
      • ‘I trust that our council is not spending the £20,000 per day collected from hard-pressed motorists on decorating our roads to the point where they start to resemble a tart's boudoir.’
      • ‘The suffragettes donned red lipstick as a feminist statement at a time when only tarts and actresses wore the old war paint.’
      • ‘I started to peel off my wetsuit jacket; feeling now a little bit like a tart in a French brothel on a busy Bastille Day.’
      • ‘It's an exaggeration to say that Boswell and his contemporaries would start the day with a tuppeny tart, get blotto at lunchtime and join in a riot on the way home but not much of an exaggeration.’
      • ‘You might get a tart calling over, ' Hello Jack, how are you ' - that sort of thing.’
      • ‘Maybe you will read this and think she was a tart, but please do not judge someone you don't know.’
      • ‘The only alibi he can provide for the night of the murder is that he was being spanked by a tart in frilly knickers.’
      whore, sex worker, call girl, white slave
      prostitute, whore, sex worker, call girl, white slave
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verb

tart oneself up
British
informal
  • 1with object Dress or make oneself up in order to look attractive.

    ‘she came back only to tart herself up for the next evening’
    • ‘The only way they can make themselves interesting is to tart themselves up.’
    • ‘Knackered already, one tarted oneself up and headed off to Blackheath to meet Chris and his girlfriend.’
    • ‘So I went and tarted myself up on Tuesday and got a new passport picture done.’
    • ‘Prichard is making friends on the sixth floor too, where the secretaries have been treated to an image consultant brought in at company expense to teach them how to tart themselves up.’
    • ‘And so the ladies decide to tart themselves up as male female impersonators.’
    • ‘Although it hasn't changed I do sometimes think it has become such a fixed thing that I don't really pose too much or wear make up or tart myself up.’
    • ‘From her perfect hair and glowing tan and flawless make-up, I'd have figured Julia wouldn't mind tarting herself up for Markus.’
    • ‘You are gradually trained how to use some of the more advanced items lest you accidentally kill yourself trying to tart yourself up in the mirror.’
    • ‘I think that's why we tarted ourselves up like that - so that our original face was hardly seen.’
    • ‘After sleeping late, Wade and I tarted ourselves up and walked a few minutes down Cheltenham Beach to North Head where Byron and Briar were to be married.’
    dress oneself up, make oneself up, smarten oneself up, preen oneself, beautify oneself, groom oneself
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    1. 1.1tart something up Improve the appearance of something, typically in a way regarded as flashy or superficial.
      ‘the page layouts have been tarted up with cartoons’
      ‘she tarted up the buckle with some sequins’
      • ‘We can only keep tarting them up so many times before they become life-expired and we need a new train.’
      • ‘For the last ten years, news divisions have tarted themselves up.’
      • ‘An uncrossing is just an uncrossing, whether you want to tart it up in cool post modern chaos lingo is pretty meaningless.’
      • ‘The Black Cross of that book was the Golden Cross in Portobello Road, which tragically tarted itself up the week of publication, thus missing out on literary-tourist-trail notoriety.’
      • ‘We are tarting the place up a bit and there will be champagne at the bar for him.’
      • ‘I also hope that the tarting the town up doesn't stop.’
      • ‘I've already spent £300-400 tarting it up with fresh paint and hiring a crane to get it here.’
      • ‘Regardless of the need for the military, the existing one, I suppose, has a right to advertise and tart itself up.’
      • ‘In Stage 5, I take this tremendously sentimental display of family history and tart it up with lots of spaceships and cartoon characters.’
      • ‘The Government arbitration service moved into new offices eight months ago, spent £70,000 tarting them up - and is now moving out.’
      decorate, renovate, refurbish, redecorate, retouch, modernize
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  • 2with object (especially of a girl or woman) behave in a provocative or flamboyant way.

    ‘she tarted around the room in one of Georgie's dresses’
    • ‘Fed and watered, we set off again, after a bit of tarting around in the car park.’
    • ‘Until recently, she was tarting around with the sleazy rapper.’
    • ‘I tend to like people who have energy and like to tart around a bit.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: probably an abbreviation of sweetheart.

Pronunciation

tart

/tɑːt/

Main definitions of tart in English

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adjective

  • 1Sharp or acid in taste.

    ‘a tart apple’
    • ‘This recipe keeps the purée very tart and sharp.’
    • ‘My mother made an amazing apple pie, and we use her recipe, tart and lemony with a piled-high top crust.’
    • ‘This compound has a fruity flavour which, when added to the tart taste of acetic acid, gives the complex character to a good wine vinegar.’
    • ‘The pork was beautifully cooked, but the soft Bramley apple slices were very tart and not to my taste.’
    • ‘One of our choices was an apple crumble, which brilliantly combined sweet and tart tastes, together with vanilla parfait and toffee sauce.’
    • ‘The starter of wild mushroom salad was a delight of deep, earthy tastes with a tart balsamic dressing to sharpen up the wild fungus.’
    • ‘Hawthorns are loved for their sweet, tart taste which can improve the appetite, help digestion and aid in weight reduction.’
    • ‘I thought about adding a tart Granny Smith apple to it, too, but that would make a bit too much slaw for just the two of us.’
    • ‘And it was crisp and sweet without being cloying, although I like slightly tart apples as well.’
    • ‘A crisp, slightly tart apple dipped in chewy caramel is a classic sweet.’
    • ‘Incredibly, after all that, we decided we still had room for dessert, and we tried a tart Cranberry Apple Crisp and a luscious Espresso Nut Brownie.’
    • ‘It turned out that the rich, dense taste of black sesame paste is contrasted by tart lime juice, putting some zing in the glass.’
    • ‘Boyle went on to characterize acids, noting their sour or tart taste and their ability to corrode metals.’
    • ‘And the tangy apple flavour found in most Chardonnays comes primarily from malic acid, the tart acid found in apples.’
    • ‘Need I say that the inch-thick portions were crusty brown on the outside, rosy pink on the inside, steaming from the warmer, speckled with tart dabs of fresh horseradish?’
    • ‘Tastes like a cross between a pear and a very tart apricot, with a small kick at the end.’
    • ‘Most important of all are good tomatoes: their ample juices supply enough liquid to moisten the stew and their tart flavour balances the mellow sweetness of the other vegetables.’
    • ‘It's a medium to large, red- and green-striped fruit with a crisp, juicy, sweetly tart taste.’
    • ‘The soursop is good too; it's made from a sweet, tart fruit and tastes like lemonade, but a little more funky and tropical.’
    • ‘His brulée was yummy; the tart sweetness of the raspberries combining well with the cool, creamy texture of the creme fraiche and the toffee crunch of the burnt-sugar topping.’
    sour, sharp, sharp-tasting, tangy, bitter, acid, acidic, zesty, piquant, pungent, strong, harsh, unsweetened, vinegary, lemony, citrus, burning, acrid, acetic
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    1. 1.1 (of a remark or tone of voice) cutting, bitter, or sarcastic.
      ‘a tart reply’
      • ‘Not that any proper Canadian would ever say something so tart or sardonic.’
      • ‘My daughter had rung the ward concerned but got a very tart response as she was not a relative, even though she had been authorised by the husband to take this step.’
      • ‘From the 19 June Observer magazine ‘Up Front’ profile of Carey, a few tart observations.’
      • ‘When he reiterated it at a City Council meeting some months ago, I offered a tart retort.’
      • ‘I started to give a tart reply, but Atelious gave a deep inarticulate growl that was felt more than heard, and she shut up.’
      • ‘He has emerged as the campaign's best debater, always able to offer a tart critique of what is wrong with all the leading candidates.’
      • ‘That tart comment certainly left its impact on Sunny.’
      • ‘Here she was, so recently subjected to tart commentary in a select committee, but willing to demonstrate exactly the kind of fiscal responsibility that this country needs right now.’
      • ‘She was old enough to be Bahzell's mother, and her tart tone was so like his old nurse's that he grinned despite his tension.’
      • ‘The song finally shut off and a tart voice came on the line.’
      • ‘Danny's hands flew to his head self-consciously, the shrill ringing of his phone saving Alyssa from a tart response.’
      • ‘He has tart remarks concerning the latest Anglican commotions.’
      • ‘With anyone else, Olivia would be tempted to make a tart comment.’
      • ‘You might get a tart calling over, ‘Hello Jack, how are you’ - that sort of thing - and sidle over alongside.’
      • ‘On a similarly tart note, one email doing the rounds allegedly relates to the latest business breakthrough.’
      • ‘He also became known for his tart, slashing criticism about tax policy - including policies devised by people whose general goals he shared.’
      • ‘Over the past two or three elections, I was the victim of the UNC leader's tart tongue.’
      • ‘He looked incredulous, unoffended by her tart tone.’
      • ‘On his way out, Zossimov makes a tart remark about Dounia's attractiveness to Razumihin.’
      acerbic, sharp, biting, cutting, keen, stinging, mordant, astringent, caustic, trenchant, incisive, pointed, piercing, bitter, barbed, scathing, sarcastic, sardonic, acrimonious, nasty, rude, vicious, spiteful, venomous, wounding
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Origin

Old English teart ‘harsh, severe’, of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

tart

/tɑːt/