American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Impudently bold in speech or manner; saucy.
- n. An impudent, saucy person.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Characterized by pertness or impudence; saucy; impudent; bold; forward.
- n. A pert, saucy person.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Bold; forward; impudent; saucy; pert.
- From mal- + apert. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French : mal-, mal- + apert, clever, alteration (influenced by apert, clever, saucy; see pert) of Latin expertus; see expert. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“A child's outcry, more "malapert" than the priest, called the attention of the lingerers, and before any one knew, the passion of destruction had seized like a frenzy upon the people.”
“Margerate has great lines through out though- calling Elizabeth 'pale painted queen, vain flourish of my fortune' and saying to Dorset 'master marquess you are malapert, your fire stamp of honour is scarce current'.”
““And you, too, are malapert, mistress!” said the Lady;”
““Thou art ill-advised, thou malapert boy,” replied the steward, “to speak to me in such fashion; but I shall inform my Lady of thine insolence.””
“Go to, sir, know yourself, or the master of the household shall make you know you are liable to the scourge as a malapert boy.”
““What, ho! is my young master malapert?” said Christie;”
“Conrade Horst forced his way over moat and wall, must thou be malapert? —”
“I do approve that of St. Ambrose (Comment. in Genesis xxiv. 51), which he hath written touching Rebecca's spousals, A woman should give unto her parents the choice of her husband,  lest she be reputed to be malapert and wanton, if she take upon her to make her own choice;  for she should rather seem to be desired by a man, than to desire a man herself.”
“But of all those astrological aphorisms which I have ever read, that of Cardan is most memorable, for which howsoever he is bitterly censured by  Marinus Marcennus, a malapert friar, and some others (which  he himself suspected) yet methinks it is free, downright, plain and ingenious.”
“He is ill, and suffering doubtless under the fear of our displeasure, from which he hath been honestly cleared by the frank avowal of this malapert boy.”
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