malapert

mal"a*pert

(ml"*prt), 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. -- n. A malapert person.
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Are you growing malapert! Will you force me to make use of my authority ?
Dryden.
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-- Mal"a*pert`ly, adv. -- mal"a*pert`ness, n.
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