art·​sy-craft·​sy ˌärt-sē-ˈkraf(t)-sē How to pronounce artsy-craftsy (audio)
variants or less commonly arty-crafty
: pretentiously, or quaintly artistic : arty
She lives in a bungalow with artsy-craftsy decor …Kevin Thomas
For every Ye Olde this or that, though, there is something of genuine antiquity to be found, and in many cases even the most relentlessly artsy-craftsy establishments are worth looking into.Jay Jacobs

Examples of artsy-craftsy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There could be a playful homage in Lacy’s dollhouse, which is like an artsy-craftsy homemade version of the children’s puppet theater seen in the opening of Ingmar Bergman’s semi-autobiographical classic. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019

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Word History


from the phrase arts and crafts

First Known Use

1899, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of artsy-craftsy was in 1899

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“Artsy-craftsy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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