Definition of wart in US English:



  • 1A small, hard, benign growth on the skin, caused by a virus.

    • ‘Pott suggested that chimney soot contained carcinogens that could cause the growth of the warts seen in scrotal cancer.’
    • ‘Molluscum contagiosum and warts are benign epidermal eruptions that result from viral infections of the skin.’
    • ‘Some variants of the virus cause warts on the skin.’
    • ‘Benign skin growths include warts, moles, or corns, which are rarely serious problems.’
    • ‘The skin cells in the warts releases thousands of viruses, so close skin-to-skin contact can pass on the infection.’
    • ‘A wart is a fleshy growth on the skin caused by infection with the human papilloma virus.’
    • ‘These benign warts are caused by human papilloma virus; genotypes 6 and 11 are found in over 90% of cases.’
    • ‘Viral warts are common, benign, and usually self limiting skin lesions that occur usually on the hands and feet.’
    • ‘They diagnosed diseases such as warts and hernias.’
    • ‘Cutaneous viral warts are discrete benign epithelial proliferations caused by the human papilloma virus.’
    • ‘Salicylic acid and other wart treatments also destroy healthy skin so it is important to protect the skin around the wart - use petroleum jelly or a corn plaster to cover it.’
    • ‘Many patients can be infected for example with HPV (human papilloma virus), a virus that can cause warts, but have no symptoms for years.’
    • ‘Candida antigen can be used on most verrucae, particularly plantar warts.’
    • ‘We have gathered together some of our favorites-from juice concoctions for arthritis to vinegar for warts.’
    • ‘It was used as a device to cover syphilitic pustules and gonorrhoeal warts in the genital area.’
    • ‘Hiccups, heartburn, colds and warts are often treated with remedies passed down from one generation to another.’
    • ‘The length of time between when a person is exposed to the virus that causes warts and when a wart appears varies.’
    • ‘When a patient presents with foot pain, bunions, corns or plantar warts, the physician should instruct them in how to choose properly fitting shoes.’
    • ‘Even lesions with clinical changes often are proved to be benign tumors or warts.’
    • ‘Almost a hundred different viruses cause warts, which are usually passed from person to person through direct contact.’
    growth, lump, swelling, protuberance, carbuncle, boil, blister, verruca, corn, tumour, excrescence
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    1. 1.1 Any rounded excrescence on the skin of an animal or the surface of a plant.
      • ‘The skin is often decorated with warts and filaments that look like tassels.’
      • ‘And then there's the repulsive triplewart seadevils, covered with spines and furrows and warts, their large mouths set in a perpetual frown.’
      • ‘They have no noseleaf, but they do have small warts on their noses above their nostrils.’
      • ‘Our equine medicine lecturer summed it up well when talking about juvenile warts in foals.’
      • ‘But the strange thing was that only a few weeks after the trees had been successfully transplanted, some of the warts had burst open and given birth to clouds of insects.’
      • ‘The Chinese have a tradition of breaking open the seed of brucea javonica and taping directly over warts and excrescences to stimulate their dissolution.’
    2. 1.2 An undesirable or disfiguring feature.
      ‘few products are without their warts’
    3. 1.3informal An obnoxious or objectionable person.


  • warts and all

    • informal Including features or qualities that are not appealing or attractive.

      ‘Philip must learn to accept me, warts and all’
      • ‘I know that I am right to take a stand against this wrong being done behind our backs without the whole of Sligo being given the whole truthful facts - warts and all.’
      • ‘If Scotland is to be a grown-up country, sure of itself and aware of its strengths and its failings, it should be capable of allowing itself to be presented warts and all.’
      • ‘I think most British people have looked at their own history, what's left of it on the syllabus, and seen it warts and all.’
      • ‘O'Neill looks back fondly to a time when a truthful portrait, warts and all, was the true art of the portrait photographer.’
      • ‘I'm proud to be a citizen and part of this country, warts and all.’
      • ‘As painful as it might be, you had to fully assume that person's point of view/art style - warts and all.’
      • ‘He discusses his entire career, warts and all, in breathtaking and surprisingly honest fashion.’
      • ‘It took a chance and went with the story, warts and all.’
      • ‘Imagine, though, being in the presence of someone who knew you fully, warts and all, and still accepted you anyway.’
      • ‘He encouraged those writers who honestly and artistically shed light on Soviet reality, warts and all.’
      unvarnished, truthful, realistic, true to life
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Old English wearte, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch wrat and German Warze.