art·​sy-fart·​sy | \ ¦ärt-sē-¦färt-sē How to pronounce artsy-fartsy (audio) \

Definition of artsy-fartsy

chiefly US, informal + disparaging
: pretentiously artistic : arty On the surface, it seems to be the year of bigger, more audience-friendly pictures, the triumph of the Hollywood majors over the artsy-fartsy indies.— Timothy M. Gray, Variety, 7 Mar. 2010

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First Known Use of artsy-fartsy

1962, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for artsy-fartsy

rhyming compound based on artsy and fart entry 1

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“Artsy-fartsy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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