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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
First recorded in 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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  • No, really, I like some of the others—four or five of them; but I don't like arty.

    The Tragic Muse

    Henry James
  • 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
  • Why, arty, your illness is all the more reason why I should.

    St. Winifred's Frederic W. Farrar
  • Nonsense, arty; the summer holidays will bring you round again.

    St. Winifred's Frederic W. Farrar
  • How they did go on about Wellintun, and what an arty contamp they ad for him!

    Burlesques William Makepeace Thackeray
  • "Tha'rt a knivey nuisance, arty Morel," she said, sitting back.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
  • First comes my country, then my family; but first and last—my arty!

  • "Tha'rt a nivey nuisance, arty Morel," she said, sitting back.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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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