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.
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 artiest

arty

US artsy

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

arty

adj.

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

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