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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.

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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+)


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Related Abbreviations for arty

arty.

artillery
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