art brut

noun \ˈär(t)-ˈbrut, -ˈbruet\

Definition of art brut

  1. :  outsider art … a broad range of graphic style from art brut to bathroom graffiti … — Publishers Weekly, 3 Sept. 2001 … this odd Southern girl has been releasing dreamily primitive electric folk-blues records for more than ten years now—wobbly art brut affairs held together with hair and saliva … — Spin, February 2006

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Origin and Etymology of art brut

borrowed from French, literally, “raw [crude, unprocessed] art”

First Known Use: 1949

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feeling or affected by lethargy

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