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Language: Old English
Origin: teart 'sharp, severe'

tart

2 adjective
     
tart2
1 food that is tart has a sharp sour taste:
a tart apple
2

tart reply/remark etc

a reply, remark etc that is sharp and unkind
tartly adverb:
'I don't think so!' she replied tartly.
tartness noun [uncountable]

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