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arty

[ahr-tee]
adjective, art·i·er, art·i·est. Informal.
  1. characterized by a showy, pretentious, and often spurious display of artistic interest, manner, or mannerism.
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Also artsy.

Origin of arty

First recorded in 1900–05; art1 + -y1
Related formsart·i·ly, adverbart·i·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for artier

arty

US artsy

adjective artier or artiest
  1. informal having an ostentatious or affected interest in or desire to imitate artists or artistic standards
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Derived Formsartiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for artier

arty

adj.

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

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