[ ahrt-see ]
/ ˈɑrt si /

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

Origin of artsy

1900–05; art1 + -sy or art1 + -s3 + -y1
Related formsart·si·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for artsiness



"pretentiously artistic," 1902, from arts (see art (n.)); originally especially artsy-craftsy, with reference to the arts and crafts movement; always more or less dismissive or pejorative; artsy-fartsy was in use by 1971.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper