art·​sy-fart·​sy ˌärt-sē-ˈfärt-sē How to pronounce artsy-fartsy (audio)
variants or less commonly artsy fartsy
chiefly US, informal
: showily or pretentiously artistic : arty, artsy
My dad's not really in touch with my art, but he's also a total country boy who married an artsy-fartsy, Ms. Frizzle-type woman.Ryan Dombal
Your Twitter and Facebook feed are probably bombarded with artsy fartsy shots of food and architecture, snapped by your friends that don't exactly have a BFA, and sometimes it's just annoying.Leslie Horn
Whatever the novel may be like, the movie Snow Falling on Cedars is a pretentious, artsy-fartsy catastrophe …John Simon

Word History


rhyming compound based on artsy and fart entry 2

First Known Use

1962, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of artsy-fartsy was in 1962

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Cite this Entry

“Artsy-fartsy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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