artsy

[ahrt-see]
adjective, artsier, artsiest. Informal.
1.

Origin:
1900–05; art1 + -sy or art1 + -s3 + -y1

artsiness, noun
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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
 
adj
 
'artiness or artsy
 
n

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artsy
"pretentiously artistic," 1902, from arts (see art); originally esp. artsy-craftsy, with ref. to the arts and crafts movement; always more or less dismissive or pejorative; artsy-fartsy was in use by 1971.
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artsy (fartsy) definition


  1. mod.
    obviously or overly artistic; effete. (Mildly offensive.) : The decorations were sort of artsy fartsy, but the overall effect was quite nice.
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Example sentences
The waterfalls don't stand on formality or any kind of artsy airs.
While waiting you can take in the pre-chipped wall moldings, weathered columns,
  artsy lighting and animated scene.
Have dreams of embellishing my garden with artsy pieces covered in other
  people's wise and/or funny words.
But he also admits that he is viscerally opposed to the runway-to-museum idea
  of artsy fashion.
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