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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.]

mal′a·pert′ly adv.
mal′a·pert′ness n.
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saucy or impudent
a saucy or impudent person
[C15: from Old French: unskilful (see mal-, expert); meaning in English influenced by apert frank, from Latin apertus open]
ˈmalaˌpertly adv
ˈmalaˌpertness n
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(ˈmæl əˌpɜrt)

impertinent; bold.
[1375–1425; late Middle English: insolent < Middle French: unskillful. See mal-, pert]
mal′a•pert`ly, adv.
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One who is obnoxiously self-assertive and arrogant:
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In such a situation, her father's malapert question rushing suddenly upon her, produced some symptoms which might have alarmed a suspicious heart; but, to do the squire justice, that was not his fault.
Fair ladies, brave knights, churls, varlets, squires, scurvy knaves, men-at-arms, malapert rogues--all were merry.
The guests sat at the upper table, the ladies in a gallery above them, while the usual drove of men-at-arms, archers, malapert rogues, varlets, scurvy knaves, scullions, and plug-uglies attached to all medieval households, squashed in near the door, wherever they could find room.
And this is old Fitzurse's boasted policy, encouraging these malapert knaves to rebel against us!
Instead, peaks on the rims of the craters Cabeus and Malapert are the most southerly named features that can usually be identified telescopically when librations tip the south pole toward Earth.
Como respuesta a la pastoral de mayo de 1876, en que el obispo de Antioquia, Joaquin Guillermo Gonzalez, ordena al pueblo catolico rebelarse contra un gobierno liberal al que acusa de ser el juguete de la herejia masonica, los masones de Bogota publican el panfleto publicado en Francia unas semanas antes por el gran orador Malapert en contra del estudio sobre la masoneria de monsenor Dupanloup" (3).
Em artigo escrito em 1900 e incluido alguns anos depois no livro Questions de Morale, Paulin Malapert poe-se a explicar o que e a justica social, conceito que julga obscuro por duas razoes: primeiro porque a propria nocao de justica nao e clara nem simples como seu uso cotidiano pode sugerir, e segundo porque as dificuldades aumentam quando a referimos a sociedade e aos seus problemas concretos.
4 Pall Mall's win in the 1958 2,000 Guineas The Queen didn't have to wait long for her second Classic success, and although she missed the race through illness, she drew great satisfaction from having bred the winner herself, from King George VI's mare Malapert.