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[ahrt-see] /ˈɑrt si/
adjective, artsier, artsiest. Informal.
Origin of artsy
1900-05; art1 + -sy or art1 + -s3 + -y1
Related forms
artsiness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for artsy
  • 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.
  • Comfort food is offered in this lively and pleasant restaurant, appealing to parents and children as well as an artsy crowd.
  • But he also admits that he is viscerally opposed to the runway-to-museum idea of artsy fashion.
  • Driver keeps her images from becoming static or self-consciously artsy.
  • And, as in other artsy places of the modern world, admiration had to be aimed principally at the effort.
  • Before the computer, she was always artsy, she says.
  • Toni continues to publicize artsy events and people.
  • And it will be a big-budget film, not a small artsy one.
British Dictionary definitions for artsy


adjective artier, artiest
(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 artsy

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for artsy



Pretentiously and self-consciously artistic; straining for esthetic effect: an artsy-craftsy little boutique on Nantucket (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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