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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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Examples from the Web for artily

Historical Examples

  • How artily I wish I coud afford to foller his brillyant xampel!

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 93, December 31, 1887


  • The right honorable gentleman laughed 'artily, it said, same as they say about royalty.

    Walking Shadows

    Alfred Noyes

  • 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."

    American Military Insignia 1800-1851

    J. Duncan Campbell and Edgar M. Howell.

British Dictionary definitions for artily


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 artily



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

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