Malapertness


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mal·a·pert

 (măl′ə-pûrt′)
adj.
Impudently bold in speech or manner; saucy.
n.
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.]

mal′a·pert′ly adv.
mal′a·pert′ness n.
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Malapertness

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