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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.

malapert

(ˈmæləˌpɜːt)
adj
saucy or impudent
n
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

mal•a•pert

(ˈmæl əˌpɜrt)

adj.
impertinent; bold.
[1375–1425; late Middle English: insolent < Middle French: unskillful. See mal-, pert]
mal′a•pert`ly, adv.
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Harrison plays on the name: Clitus, as told in Plutarch's 'Life of Alexander the Great', impudently and malapertly, pointed in scorn at Alexander's Persian girdle and long white garment, when Alexander compared the Greeks, amongst the Macedonians of mixed stock, to demi-gods that walk among brute beasts, a class that included the Persians in Alexander's view (in spite of Roxane, Alexander's Persian queen).