- a person with an excessive or pretentious interest in the arts.
Origin of culture vulture
- informal a person considered to be excessively, and often pretentiously, interested in the arts
An individual with a consuming or excessive interest in the arts. For example, A relentless culture vulture, she dragged her children to every museum in town. This slangy term may have been originated by Ogden Nash, who wrote: “There is a vulture Who circles above The carcass of culture” (Free Wheeling, 1931). [1940s]