Definition of malapert in English:

malapert

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Pronunciation: /ˈmaləpəːt
 
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archaic

adjective

  • Boldly disrespectful; impudent.
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    • Indeed, we aim to show that the somewhat malapert remarks of Derrida on Fukuyama open up onto something that is much more significant than scorn.
    • Nay, then I must have an ounce or two of this malapert blood from you.
    • The fool was a very humble person, haunting kitchen and scullery, messing almost with the dogs, and liable, when malapert, to a whipping.

noun

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  • An impudent person.
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    • The rest of you who are learners, healthy skeptics, and marketing malaperts will find lessons within.
    • A lively and crude cast of food wizards and malaperts enliven Bourdain's narrative.
    • One other thing, the featured lackbrains and malaperts were only a few of the attendees for the first two panel discussions at the Vision America conference

Origin

Middle English: from mal- 'improperly' + archaic apert 'insolent'.

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