Someone or something malapert is rude in a bold, saucy way.
And, a malapert is also a person who acts like that. In other words, a malapert is someone who's overly bold in a cheeky, rude way.
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Part of speech:
Often an adjective.
(Adjectives are describing words, like “large” or “late.”
They can be used in two ways:
1. Right before a noun, as in “a malapert comment.”
2. After a linking verb, as in "The comment was malapert.”)
It's also a countable noun.
(Countable nouns, like “bottle,” “piece,” and “decision,” are words for things that can be broken into exact units. You talk about “a bottle,” “three pieces,” and “many decisions.”
Likewise, talk about one malapert or multiple malaperts.)
How to use it:
For the adjective, talk about malapert people, behavior, and attitudes; malapert comments and writing, etc.
For the noun, simply refer to someone as a malapert, but only if it's deserved!
She makes a lot of valid points, but they'd have a bigger impact without all that malapert commentary.
Some malapert on Fiverr kept messaging me with personal questions and comments about my profile picture, so I reported him. It's a site for doing business, not dating. Sheesh.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "malapert" means when you can explain it without saying "impudent" or "presumptuous."
Think of someone you know who recently said or did something funny but rude, and fill in the blanks: "I had to stifle a giggle at (Person's) malapert (comment or action.)"
Example: "When our waitress said that the dish had no mayo, just aoili, I had to stifle a giggle at my friend's malapert response: 'Which is mostly mayo.'"
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Playing With Words:
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Definition: A periodical that contains articles, stories, and other features."
"The word is: Magazine.
Tidbit: Gentleman’s Magazine was the first magazine published in 1731."
"Guess the phrase!
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Definition: No restrictions or rules."
A Point Well Made:
Robert Louis Stevenson: "A man must not deny his manifest abilities, for that is to evade his obligations."
1. The opposite of MALAPERT is
2. He fled the scene of the crime with a malapert _____.
C. tip of his hat
Answers are below.
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