- characterized by a showy, pretentious, and often spurious display of artistic interest, manner, or mannerism.
Origin of arty
- a male given name, form of Arthur.
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Examples from the Web for arty
Cosmopolis is too arty and abstract, even by Cronenberg standards, to become a commercial success.‘Cosmopolis’ Suggests ‘Twilight’ Star Robert Pattinson Can Act
August 16, 2012
Once she became a “pro”, however, she abandoned her arty ways and stuck to a more documentary style.India's Modern Eye
July 17, 2012
No, really, I like some of the others—four or five of them; but I don't like Arty.The Tragic Muse
Why, Arty, your illness is all the more reason why I should.
They came as young as you, Arty, and as weak as you, but no one ever made them do wrong.
Nonsense, Arty; the summer holidays will bring you round again.
How they did go on about Wellintun, and what an arty contamp they ad for him!Burlesques
William Makepeace Thackeray
- informal having an ostentatious or affected interest in or desire to imitate artists or artistic standards
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Word Origin and History for arty
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