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See also: Malapert


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mal- (prefix meaning ‘not’) +‎ apert (open, revealed; direct, straightforward; clever, expert), or from Middle French malappert,[1] Old French mal apert (ill-skilled).



malapert (plural malaperts)

  1. (archaic) A cheeky, impudent, or saucy person. [from 15th c.]



malapert (comparative more malapert, superlative most malapert)

  1. (archaic) Cheeky, impudent, saucy. [from 15th c.]
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, “A Defence of Seneca and Plutarke”, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes [], book II, London: [] Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount [], OCLC 946730821, page 414:
      Nevertheleſſe I finde him [Iohn Bodine] ſomewhat malapert and bolde in that paſſage of his Methode of Hiſtorie, when he accuseth Plutarke, not onely of ignorance [] but alſo that he often writeth, things altogether incredible and meerely fabulous (theſe are his very words).
    • [1841?], James Fergusson, “chapter VI”, in A Brief Exposition of the Epistles of Paul to the Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Thessalonians, London: Thomas Ward and Co., Paternoster-Row, OCLC 15601747, page 257, column 1:
      A proud heart, evidencing itself in a saucy, malapert, aweless, and careless carriage, is most unbeseeming the condition of servants, and highly displeasing to God in them, as being opposite to that property of fear and trembling which ought to accompany their obedience: "Be obedient with fear and trembling."


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