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.
Also artsy.

Origin of arty

First recorded in 1900–05; art1 + -y1
Related formsart·i·ly, adverbart·i·ness, noun

Definition for arty (2 of 3)

Arty

[ ahr-tee ]
/ ˈɑr ti /

noun

a male given name, form of Arthur.

Definition for arty (3 of 3)

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British Dictionary definitions for arty

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 arty

arty


adj.

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

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