art·​sy ˈärt-sē How to pronounce artsy (audio)
: characterized by or showing artistry or artistic talent
The artsy Paloma Picasso chatted up husband Rafael Lopez Sanchez, the Argentine playwright.People Weekly
The artsy packaging is gorgeous, making these primo sweets ideal gifts. Sold in fine retail outlets in NYC and online.Janice Wald Henderson
The 13 suites at Ljubljana's Antiq Palace complement the city's historic and artsy appeal.Chris Colin
also : showily or pretentiously artistic : arty, artsy-fartsy
For a month, all Edinburgh is a stage, life is a cabaret, and people like me feel comfortable spouting artsy clichés while bingeing on three or four or five performances a day. Bob Sipchen

Examples of artsy in a Sentence

Her boyfriend is the artsy type.
Recent Examples on the Web North House is a great spot for local events and classes, as is the Grand Marais Art Colony — two spots that cemented this town’s artsy reputation. Jacqueline Kehoe, Travel + Leisure, 22 Aug. 2023 There are endless activities, hiking trails, and great food and drinks to experience during a trip to this artsy town. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 11 Sep. 2023 The space’s previous tenant, Café Loup, was a bona-fide writers’ hangout, home base for a brainy, artsy Manhattan scene that, in the café’s forty-odd-year history, encompassed Seymour Britchky, Susan Sontag, Christopher Hitchens, and an army of other literary-world regulars. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 10 Sep. 2023 Miami Pool House in Magic City’s artsy Wynwood area is currently in preview mode, while Soho House Charleston in the French Quarter is on the books for 2024. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 7 Sep. 2023 Whenever new apartment buildings went up in artsy neighborhoods, in their experience, the new units tended to be too expensive for the longtime residents. Ned Resnikoff, The New Republic, 2 Sep. 2023 The artsy interiors blend tradition and contemporary creativity. Lindsay Cohn, Travel + Leisure, 1 Sep. 2023 Jackson shared several artsy photos of the Puglia scenery, including the beach, as well as glimpses of the hotel's interior. Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 30 Aug. 2023 For more information on the Ioniq 5's fuel economy, visit the EPA website. Interior, Comfort, and Cargo While not as artsy as the cabin teased by the Hyundai 45 Concept, the Ioniq 5's interior boasts a tech-savvy space with a digitized dashboard and a heavy dose of eco-friendly materials. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, 29 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of artsy was in 1947

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“Artsy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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