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tart 1

adj. tart·er, tart·est
1. Having a sharp pungent taste; sour. See Synonyms at sour.
2. Sharp or bitter in tone or meaning; cutting.

[Middle English, from Old English teart, severe; see der- in Indo-European roots.]

tart′ly adv.
tart′ness n.

tart 2

a. A pastry shell with shallow sides, no top crust, and any of various fillings.
b. Chiefly British A pie.
a. A prostitute.
b. A woman considered to be sexually promiscuous.
tr.v. tart·ed, tart·ing, tarts Chiefly British
To dress up or make fancy in a tawdry, garish way. Often used with up.

[Middle English tarte, from Old French, probably variant of tourte, from Late Latin tōrta, a kind of bread; see tortilla.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tartness - the taste experience when vinegar or lemon juice is taken into the mouth
gustatory perception, gustatory sensation, taste, taste perception, taste sensation - the sensation that results when taste buds in the tongue and throat convey information about the chemical composition of a soluble stimulus; "the candy left him with a bad taste"; "the melon had a delicious taste"
acidulousness, acidity - the taste experience when something acidic is taken into the mouth
2.tartness - a sharp sour tastetartness - a sharp sour taste      
acidity, sourness, sour - the property of being acidic
3.tartness - a rough and bitter mannertartness - a rough and bitter manner    
disagreeableness - an ill-tempered and offensive disposition


[ˈtɑːtnɪs] N
1. [of flavour, fruit] → acidez f
2. (fig) → aspereza f


(of flavour, wine)Herbheit f, → Säure f (pej); (of fruit)Säure f
(fig, of remark, manner) → Schärfe f; (of humour)Beißende(s) nt; (of person)Schroffheit f


[ˈtɑːtnɪs] n (of fruit) → asprezza, agro; (of remark) → asprezza, causticità f inv


(taːt) adjective
sharp or sour in taste. These apples taste rather tart.
ˈtartly adverb
ˈtartness noun
References in classic literature ?
Nor was it that the figs were moist and pulpy, or that the French plums blushed in modest tartness from their highly-decorated boxes, or that everything was good to eat and in its Christmas dress; but the customers were all so hurried and so eager in the hopeful promise of the day, that they tumbled up against each other at the door, crashing their wicker baskets wildly, and left their purchases upon the counter, and came running back to fetch them, and committed hundreds of the like mistakes, in the best humour possible; while the Grocer and his people were so frank and fresh that the polished hearts with which they fastened their aprons behind might have been their own, worn outside for general inspection, and for Christmas daws to peck at if they chose.
Two days later Archer had assisted at the comedy of her reinstatement in the van der Luydens' favour, and had said to himself, with a touch of tartness, that a lady who knew how to thank all-powerful elderly gentlemen to such good purpose for a bunch of flowers did not need either the private consolations or the public championship of a young man of his small compass.
It is an act of very great impertinence, sir; and therefore I beg you will ask nothing about it, for your curiosity will not be gratified,' replied she, attempting to cover the tartness of her rebuke with a smile; but I could see, by her flushed cheek and kindling eye, that she was seriously annoyed.
Throw in 13% Sauvignon Blanc for extra tartness and you've got a winning combination.
It could be cheesier and lose some of the tartness.
Changes in apple appearance, flavor, sweetness, tartness, and firmness were rated.
When Gerber Foods launched a trio of white cranberry combinations in January 2004, the company's aim was to expand the cranberry category by appealing to young families with children who don't like the tartness of red cranberry.
You could see a picture of a McIntosh, read about its slightly acid tartness, its hard crispness when fresh, the glossy smoothness of its skin, the little "crack" it gives when you first bite into it.
It's made accessible by moments of humor, tartness, and insight, yet in the manner of a sovereign who has lost touch with her subjects, her Majesty is basically aloof.
No two of our 15 guests could agree on the "best" three varieties; everyone had a slightly different preference for taste, tartness, texture, and color.
The juice that is extracted from these grapes lacks any distinguishing c haracteristics other than the desired acidity and tartness.
Mouthing the gloriously kitschy '50s Cantopop songs of Hong Kong diva Grace Chang (whose bilingual novelty numbers hide a Lotte Lenya tartness under vending-machine candy wrappings), her retro-musical dreams transcend both nostalgia and psychosis: They stand for all the passions that have grown impossible to experience or express.