[ kuh n-tras-tee, kon-tras- ]
/ kənˈtræs ti, ˈkɒn træs- /

adjective Photography.

(of a subject, photograph, or film stock) having or producing a preponderance of dark and light tones with few intermediate shades.

Origin of contrasty

First recorded in 1890–95; contrast + -y1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for contrasty

  • A contrasty print is sometimes recommended as the best to offer; but that is a mistake.

    Making Your Camera Pay|Frederick C. Davis

British Dictionary definitions for contrasty


/ (kənˈtrɑːstɪ) /


(of a photograph or subject) having sharp gradations in tone, esp between light and dark areas
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