Mal"a*pert (?), a. [OF. malapert unskillful, ill-taught, ill-bred; mal ill + apert open, adroit, intelligent, L. apertus, p. p. of aperire to open. See Malice, and Aperient.]

Bold; forward; impudent; saucy; pert. Shak.

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n. A malapert person.

Are you growing malapert! Will you force me to make use of my authority?
Dryden.

-- Mal"a*pert`ly, adv. -- Mal"a*pert`ness, n.

 

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