arty

[ ahr-tee ]
/ ˈɑr ti /

adjective, art·i·er, art·i·est. Informal.

characterized by a showy, pretentious, and often spurious display of artistic interest, manner, or mannerism.

Nearby words

  1. artsy-fartsy,
  2. artsybashev,
  3. artur,
  4. artware,
  5. artwork,
  6. arty-crafty,
  7. arty-farty,
  8. arty.,
  9. artzybasheff,
  10. artzybasheff, boris

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

/ (ˈɑːtɪ) /

adjective artier or artiest

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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