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artsy

[ahrt-see] /ˈɑrt si/
adjective, artsier, artsiest. Informal.
1.
arty.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; art1 + -sy or art1 + -s3 + -y1
Related forms
artsiness, noun
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Examples 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

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

artsy-craftsy

adjective

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.
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