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Impudently bold in speech or manner; saucy.
An impudent, saucy person.
[Middle English, from Old French : mal-, mal- + apert, clever, alteration (influenced by apert, clever, saucy; see pert) of Latin expertus; see expert.]
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Malapertnessof pedlars: 1486.
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