[ peyn-tee ]

adjective,paint·i·er, paint·i·est.
  1. of, coated with, or soiled with paint: a painty finish; painty overalls.

  2. having a crudely or clumsily painted surface: The stage set consisted chiefly of painty scenery.

Origin of painty

First recorded in 1865–70; paint + -y1

Other words from painty

  • paint·i·ness, noun

Words Nearby painty Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use painty in a sentence

  • He admitted that fanlights, and white shutters against rosy brick, were more homelike than a painty wooden box.

    Main Street | Sinclair Lewis
  • Now the least notable of them, the most painty, the most slovenly, would look somehow like a shadow of Robert.

    At His Gates, Vol. 3(of 3) | Margaret Oliphant
  • I figured I could do with a breath of less grease-painty air.

    No Great Magic | Fritz Reuter Leiber