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arty

1

[ ahr-tee ]

adjective

, Informal.
, art·i·er, art·i·est.
  1. characterized by a showy, pretentious, and often spurious display of artistic interest, manner, or mannerism.


Arty

2

[ ahr-tee ]

noun

  1. a first name, form of Arthur.

Arty.

3

abbreviation for

  1. Artillery.

arty

/ ˈɑːtɪ /

adjective

  1. informal.
    having an ostentatious or affected interest in or desire to imitate artists or artistic standards


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Derived Forms

  • ˈartiness, noun

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Other Words From

  • arti·ly adverb
  • arti·ness noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of arty1

First recorded in 1900–05; art 1 + -y 1

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Example Sentences

There are young rock chicks and rock-boys and arty-looking men and women, in plaid, denim, ripped and stretched cardigans.

In their different styles, then, both Lennon and McCartney had gotten arty and their music changed.

Still, as Lennon/McCartney got increasingly arty, Harrison was stung and he began chasing.

If nobody is with us, we might watch something arty—there are marvelous channels of opera or concerts—then go to bed and read.

Cosmopolis is too arty and abstract, even by Cronenberg standards, to become a commercial success.

In every church—and there arty 866 of them—some score or two of masses are said daily at the different altars.

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

As regards anything Arty or Crafty his attitude is merely appreciative—he is finishing up his last year of law at Columbia.

To think I should never see Arty again, would make me die before my time!

Peter thought, perceiving that Mrs. Lovick's "Arty" was now altogether one of the family.

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