adjective, artier, artiest. Informal.
characterized by a showy, pretentious, and often spurious display of artistic interest, manner, or mannerism.
Also, artsy.

1900–05; art1 + -y1

artily, adverb
artiness, noun Unabridged


a male given name, form of Arthur.

Arty. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
arty or artsy (ˈɑːtɪ)
adj , artier, artiest
informal having an ostentatious or affected interest in or desire to imitate artists or artistic standards
artsy or artsy
'artiness or artsy

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Word Origin & History

1901, "having artistic pretentions," from art (q.v.); cf. artsy.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
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Example sentences
While x-rays can shed light on arty mysteries, sometimes it's not quite enough
  to crack the case.
He did not want elaborate sculptures and arty flourishes for food.
There's a happy groove in this dining room filled with arty locals and people
  there on word-of-mouth recommendations.
What the producers had in mind is difficult to discern from the foggy and arty,
  if explosive, action.
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