- characterized by a showy, pretentious, and often spurious display of artistic interest, manner, or mannerism.
Origin of arty
- a male given name, form of Arthur.
Related Words for artypretentious, affected, deceptive, ephemeral, illusory, imitative, overblown, popular, pseudo, tasteless, false
Examples from the Web for arty
Contemporary Examples of arty
Cosmopolis is too arty and abstract, even by Cronenberg standards, to become a commercial success.‘Cosmopolis’ Suggests ‘Twilight’ Star Robert Pattinson Can Act
August 16, 2012
Once she became a “pro”, however, she abandoned her arty ways and stuck to a more documentary style.India's Modern Eye
July 17, 2012
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
Why, Arty, your illness is all the more reason why I should.
They came as young as you, Arty, and as weak as you, but no one ever made them do wrong.
Nonsense, Arty; the summer holidays will bring you round again.
How they did go on about Wellintun, and what an arty contamp they ad for him!Burlesques
William Makepeace Thackeray
- informal having an ostentatious or affected interest in or desire to imitate artists or artistic standards