Green’s Dictionary of Slang

tart v.

[tart n. (1)]

[1910s-40s] (Aus./N.Z.) to pursue women.

In phrases

tart (around) (v.)

[1930s+] of a woman, to act in a promiscuous manner.

tarted (up) (adj.) [tart up ]

1. [1930s+] usu. of women, flashily overdressed.

2. [1950s+] applied to anything overdecorated, e.g. a ‘theme pub’.

tart up (v.)

1. [1930s+] of a person, to dress up.

2. [1950s+] of an object, to be decorated, to be ornamented.

tart with (v.)

[1940s] to flirt with.