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


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


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  • While x-rays can shed light on arty mysteries, sometimes it's not quite enough to crack the case.
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  • M arty wandered into the kitchen to make some coffee for us.
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  • The scene is well done and not uninteresting, but it ultimately becomes self-conscious and arty.
  • Most collections of letters strike me as self-consciously arty--written not for the recipient, but for posterity--or dull.
  • Accommodations mirror public areas with their arty, unadorned maple furnishings and fiber-optic lighting.
  • Most arts organizations have carefully worded mission statements, filled with arty buzzwords and forged by groups.
British Dictionary definitions for arty


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 arty

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for arty



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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Related Abbreviations for arty


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