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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


  1. a male given name, form of Arthur.
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  1. Artillery.
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Related Words for arty

pretentious, affected, deceptive, ephemeral, illusory, imitative, overblown, popular, pseudo, tasteless, false

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Contemporary Examples of arty

Historical Examples of arty

  • No, really, I like some of the others—four or five of them; but I don't like Arty.

    The Tragic Muse

    Henry James

  • Why, Arty, your illness is all the more reason why I should.

    St. Winifred's

    Frederic W. Farrar

  • They came as young as you, Arty, and as weak as you, but no one ever made them do wrong.

    St. Winifred's

    Frederic W. Farrar

  • Nonsense, Arty; the summer holidays will bring you round again.

    St. Winifred's

    Frederic W. Farrar

  • How they did go on about Wellintun, and what an arty contamp they ad for him!


    William Makepeace Thackeray

British Dictionary definitions for arty


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 arty


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

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