Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A hard rough lump growing on the skin, caused by infection with certain viruses and occurring typically on the hands or feet.
  • n. A similar growth or protuberance, as on a plant.
  • n. A genital wart.
  • n. One that resembles or is likened to a wart, especially in unattractiveness or smallness.
  • n. An imperfection; a flaw.
  • idiom warts and all Slang All defects and imperfections notwithstanding: They love each other, warts and all.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A type of deformed growth occurring on the skin caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV).
  • n. Any similar growth occurring in plants or animals, such as the parotoid glands in the back of toads.
  • n. Any of the prefixes used in Hungarian notation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small, usually hard, tumor on the skin formed by enlargement of its vascular papillæ, and thickening of the epidermis which covers them.
  • n. An excrescence or protuberance more or less resembling a true wart; specifically (Bot.), a glandular excrescence or hardened protuberance on plants.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small circumscribed elevation on the skin, usually with an uneven papillary surface and a broad base, caused by a localized overgrowth of the papillæ and epidermis; verruca; hence, a similar natural excrescence of the skin.
  • n. In farriery, a spongy excrescence on the pastern of the horse.
  • n. In botany, a firm glan dular or gland-like excrescence on the surface of a plant.
  • n. In entomology, a small obtuse, rounded, or flattened elevation of a surface, often of a distinct color from the rest of the part: used principally in describing larvæ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an imperfection in someone or something that is suggestive of a wart (especially in smallness or unattractiveness)
  • n. any small rounded protuberance (as on certain plants or animals)
  • n. (pathology) a firm abnormal elevated blemish on the skin; caused by a virus

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English wearte.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English wearte, from Proto-Germanic *wartōn. Cognate with Dutch wrat, German Warze, Swedish vårta. (Wiktionary)

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  • There's a wart on a frog on a bump on a log in a hole at the bottom of the sea.

    July 9, 2008