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arty

[ahr-tee] /ˈɑr ti/
adjective, artier, artiest. Informal.
1.
characterized by a showy, pretentious, and often spurious display of artistic interest, manner, or mannerism.
Also, artsy.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; art1 + -y1
Related forms
artily, adverb
artiness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for artiest

arty

/ˈɑːtɪ/
adjective artier, artiest
1.
(informal) having an ostentatious or affected interest in or desire to imitate artists or artistic standards
Derived Forms
artiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for artiest

arty

adj.

1901, "having artistic pretentions," from art (n.) + -y (2); cf. artsy.

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