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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 of arty
1900-1905
1900-05; art1 + -y1
Related forms
artily, adverb
artiness, noun

Arty

[ahr-tee] /ˈɑr ti/
noun
1.
a male given name, form of Arthur.

Arty.

1.
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  • He was only a baby; and she had left him to run about with arty and Catty as if he were a big boy.

    The Judgment of Eve May Sinclair
  • They came as young as you, arty, and as weak as you, but no one ever made them do wrong.

    St. Winifred's Frederic W. Farrar
  • He linked his arm in arty Kane's and the two walked along the Strand, discussing the permutations of human feeling.

  • Nonsense, arty; the summer holidays will bring you round again.

    St. Winifred's Frederic W. Farrar
  • These foo lines comes from a umble but arty frend to command.

    Springhaven R. D. Blackmore
  • "Tha'rt a knivey nuisance, arty Morel," she said, sitting back.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
  • But, while perusing these two books, we have had an 'umble and an 'arty laugh in the depths of our 'umiliation.

  • First comes my country, then my family; but first and last—my arty!

British Dictionary definitions for arty

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 arty
adj.

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for arty

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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Related Abbreviations for arty

arty.

artillery
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