[ ahr-tee ]
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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.

Origin of arty

First recorded in 1900–05; art1 + -y1

Other words from arty

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

Other definitions for Arty (2 of 3)

[ ahr-tee ]

  1. a male given name, form of Arthur.

Other definitions for Arty. (3 of 3)


  1. Artillery. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use arty in a sentence

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

    Rule of the Monk | Giuseppe Garibaldi
  • No, really, I like some of the others—four or five of them; but I don't like arty.

    The Tragic Muse | Henry James
  • As regards anything arty or Crafty his attitude is merely appreciative—he is finishing up his last year of law at Columbia.

    Young People's Pride | Stephen Vincent Benet
  • To think I should never see arty again, would make me die before my time!

    There and Back | George MacDonald
  • Peter thought, perceiving that Mrs. Lovick's "arty" was now altogether one of the family.

    The Tragic Muse | Henry James

British Dictionary definitions for arty


US artsy

/ (ˈɑːtɪ) /

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

Derived forms of arty

  • artiness, noun

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