adjective, art·i·er, art·i·est. Informal.
characterized by a showy, pretentious, and often spurious display of artistic interest, manner, or mannerism.
Origin of arty
Related formsart·i·ly, adverbart·i·ness, noun
First recorded in 1900–05; art1
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Examples from the Web for artily
Historical Examples of artily
How artily I wish I coud afford to foller his brillyant xampel!
The right honorable gentleman laughed 'artily, it said, same as they say about royalty.
I ain't not a pertickler good speller myself, but I reely shoud be artily ashamed of sich a blunder as that.
It is surrounded at the sides and bottom with a wreath carrying a ribbon with the unit designation "first artily."
British Dictionary definitions for artily
adjective artier or artiest
Derived Formsartiness, noun
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 artily
1901, "having artistic pretentions," from art (n.) + -y (2); cf. artsy.
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