Definition of wart in English:

wart

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Pronunciation: /wɔːt
 
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noun

  • 1A small, hard, benign growth on the skin, caused by a virus.
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    • Benign skin growths include warts, moles, or corns, which are rarely serious problems.
    • The skin cells in the warts releases thousands of viruses, so close skin-to-skin contact can pass on the infection.
    • Even lesions with clinical changes often are proved to be benign tumors or warts.
    Synonyms
    growth, lump, swelling, protuberance, carbuncle, boil, blister, verruca, corn, tumour, excrescence
    rare tumescence
  • 1.1Any rounded excrescence on the skin of an animal or the surface of a plant: the toad possesses a dangerous poison in its large warts
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    • The Chinese have a tradition of breaking open the seed of brucea javonica and taping directly over warts and excrescences to stimulate their dissolution.
    • They have no noseleaf, but they do have small warts on their noses above their nostrils.
    • The skin is often decorated with warts and filaments that look like tassels.
  • 1.2An undesirable or disfiguring feature: few products are without their warts
  • 1.3 informal An obnoxious or objectionable person: what a bunch of nauseating little warts you are!

Phrases

warts and all

informal Including features or qualities that are not appealing or attractive: Philip must learn to accept me, warts and all
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  • I know that I am right to take a stand against this wrong being done behind our backs without the whole of Sligo being given the whole truthful facts - warts and all.
  • O'Neill looks back fondly to a time when a truthful portrait, warts and all, was the true art of the portrait photographer.
  • I'm proud to be a citizen and part of this country, warts and all.
Synonyms

Derivatives

warty

adjective (wartier, wartiest)
More example sentences
  • The rough, warty skin conceals a fruit of such exquisite sweetness and sensuality that eating and handling one should be X-rated.
  • Toads can be distinguished from frogs by their heavier build and brown, warty skin with females being larger than males.
  • He was referred to our service with warty skin nodules on his left foot and leg for about 18 months now.

Origin

Old English wearte, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch wrat and German Warze.

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