• How I did wish he could have had some of my scolloped oysters, and jell-cake, and tarts
    How I did wish he could have had some of my scolloped oysters, and jell-cake, and tarts
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj tart harsh "sharp criticism","a sharp-worded exchange","a tart remark"
    • adj tart tasting sour like a lemon
    • n tart a pastry cup with a filling of fruit or custard and no top crust
    • n tart a small open pie with a fruit filling
    • n tart a woman who engages in sexual intercourse for money
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

Queen baking tarts Queen baking tarts
Knave stealing tarts Knave stealing tarts
Knave passing out tarts Knave passing out tarts
The court enjoying tarts The court enjoying tarts

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A headache and inflammatory pain can be reduced by eating 20 tart cherries
    • n Tart A species of small open pie, or piece of pastry, containing jelly or conserve; a sort of fruit pie.
    • Tart Fig.: Sharp; keen; severe; as, a tart reply; tart language; a tart rebuke. "Why art thou tart , my brother?"
    • Tart Sharp to the taste; acid; sour; as, a tart apple.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Eating about twenty tart cherries a day could reduce inflammatory pain and headache pain
    • tart Sharp to the taste; acidulous: as, a tart apple.
    • tart Figuratively, sharp; keen; severe; cutting; biting: as, a tart reply; tart language; a tart rebuke.
    • tart Synonyms Sour, caustic. See tartness.
    • tart To make acid or piquant.
    • n tart A pie or piece of pastry, consisting generally of fruit baked in paste. Compare pie.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Strawberry Pop Tarts may be a cheap and inexpensive source of incendiary devices. Toasters which fail to eject Pop Tarts cause the Pop Tarts to emit flames 10-18 inches in height.
    • adj Tart tärt sharp or sour to the taste:
    • n Tart tärt a small pie, containing fruit or jelly baked in paste
    • adj Tart tärt (fig.) sharp: severe
    • ***


  • William Shakespeare
    “The tartness of his face sours ripe grapes.”
  • James Beard
    James Beard
    “A gourmet who thinks of calories is like a tart, who looks at her watch.”
  • Beverley Baxter
    Beverley Baxter
    “Beaverbrook is so pleased to be in the government that he is like the town tart who finally married the Mayor.”
  • Washington Irving
    “A tart temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. tarte, F. tarte,; perhaps originally the same word as tourte, LL. torta, fr. L. tortus, p. p. of torquere, to twist, bend, wind, because tarts were originally made of a twisted shape. Cf. Torture (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. teartteran, to tear.


In literature:

Tart (pastry) = torto.
"English-Esperanto Dictionary" by John Charles O'Connor and Charles Frederic Hayes
Batsy had cold chicken, new potatoes, green peas, and two helpings of apricot tart.
"The Disentanglers" by Andrew Lang
She bit back the tart answer on her tongue.
"The Sheriff's Son" by William MacLeod Raine
Then, when Bunker Blue had eaten his sandwiches and tarts, they started off once more, rumbling along the country roads toward Lake Wanda.
"Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue at Camp Rest-A-While" by Laura Lee Hope
I wonder what in the world has become of all my tarts?
"Golden Days for Boys and Girls, Vol. XII, Jan. 3, 1891" by Various
The trimmings can be made into little tarts, turnovers or cheese straws.
"Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book" by Mary A. Wilson
I don't keep her in,' answered the old man tartly.
"The Guinea Stamp" by Annie S. Swan
Without even a hint of ceremony Hansel flung himself forward on his stomach and seized upon the tarts greedily.
"Everychild" by Louis Dodge
Jules, a dapper little pastrycook with pink cheeks and bright black eyes, had been making a batch of tarts when his summons had come.
"Field Hospital and Flying Column" by Violetta Thurstan
My years weighed on my shoulders again, and I am afraid I was more than a little tart with my typist.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 152, June 20, 1917" by Various

In poetry:

To watch when you stirred
Busily like a bird
At household doings; with hands floured
Mixing a magic with your cakes and tarts.
"The Chair" by John Freeman
Here lies beneath this marble
An animal could bark, or warble:
Sometimes a bitch, sometimes a bird,
Could eat a tart, or eat a t -.
"Elegy Upon Tiger" by Jonathan Swift
I knoo 'is question was jist kid.
'E'd met this girl; I know 'e did.
'E knoo Jim Flood an' 'er was booked
For double when the 'Un was cooked.
But, seein' 'er, it used to start
'Im thinkin' of another tart.
"Jim's Girl" by C J Dennis
'E stares at me, an' then sez, slow,
"Wot is yer game? Wot do yeh know?"
"Nothin'," I tells 'im, "only this:
When there's a waitin' tart to kiss
Yeh're only 'arf a man; but when
There's blokes to fight, yeh're twenty men."
"Jim's Girl" by C J Dennis
"Some girls," sez 'e, "keeps true to chaps,
An' wed 'em when they've done with scraps,
An' come 'ome whole. Yeh don't ixpec'
No tart to tie up with a wreck?
Besides," 'e sez ... "Well, any'ow,
That girl's all right; I know it now.
"Jim's Girl" by C J Dennis
Somethin' or someone - I don't rightly know;
But, seems to me, I'm kind er lookin' for
A tart I knoo a 'undred years ago,
Or, maybe, more.
Wot's this I've 'eard them call that thing?… Geewhizz!
Me ideel bit o' skirt! That's wot it is!
"A Spring Song" by C J Dennis

In news:

Never checked out the place, but there are plenty of competitors in the vicinity for those with a taste for tartness on the tongue.
Tart 'n' Tangy Fro -Yo.
Hang on to summer's glory a little bit longer with a sweet, fruity tart.
Paul Matthews Fresh tarts add flavor to fall.
Leek & Thyme Tart PBS.
Baked chocolate and hazelnut tart.
The slightly tart tang lifts rich treats with a delightful freshness.
America's sweetheart or a celebrity tart.
Pop-Tarts any way you want them.
Tennis 'n' Tartes VIIA Round-Robin Tennis Tournament.
Try adding to each flute a spoonful of homemade pomegranate syrup for a gorgeous sweet-tart bubbly mix.
A fresh take on carrots for Thanksgiving - a tart.
There's so much richness on the Thanksgiving table that a few tart and spicy things are necessary for balance, like this raw beet slaw.
5 cups sliced and peeled tart apples.
National Cherry Festival culinary events/Cherry Bay Orchards Montmorency Tart Cherry Concentrate .

In science:

Figure 2 s hows an example traveling pattern of an MN us ing the Random Waypoint Mobility Model s tarting at a randomly chos en point or pos ition (133, 180); the s peed of the MN in the figure is uniformly chos en between 0 and 10 m/s .
Comparison of Random Waypoint & Random Walk Mobility Model under DSR, AODV & DSDV MANET Routing Protocols
As we increas e the paus e time in Random Waypoint Mobility model, the motion decreas es and the path linkage break als o get decreas es and s o does the performance variance s tarts with compared to Random Walk Mobility Model.
Comparison of Random Waypoint & Random Walk Mobility Model under DSR, AODV & DSDV MANET Routing Protocols
This procedure is continued until we reach the start of the sequence and the S tart state.
Efficient algorithms for training the parameters of hidden Markov models using stochastic expectation maximization EM training and Viterbi training
The process S tart enables the first cycler C1 and then “dies”.
Theory of processes