\ˈär-tē \
artier; artiest

Definition of arty 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: showily or pretentiously artistic arty lighting and photography

Definition of arty (Entry 2 of 2)


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Other Words from arty


artily \ˈär-​tə-​lē \ adverb
artiness \ˈär-​tē-​nəs \ noun

Examples of arty in a Sentence


some arty intellectual type who doesn't know the meaning of hard work a rock band with arty pretensions

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Naomi Campbell went bold and arty in Raf Simons for Calvin Klein, offsetting her graphic trouser suit with a tomato-red turtleneck. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "10 Best Dressed: Week of September 17, 2018," 17 Sep. 2018 Besides good coffee, there are breakfast items, arty accessories and gifts to buy and a front porch for sipping java and unwinding. Sharyn Alden, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Island hopping in Wisconsin: 5 worth a visit," 15 June 2018 Like all of them, the new host of arty, unconventional women could struggle to break through, particularly in a time when listeners are inundated with options. Neil Shah, WSJ, "Pop Music Makes Way for the Post-Diva Star," 7 July 2018 And while this takes some explaining, arty performer Grimes was already in on the same joke — three years ahead of Musk. Cursed anecdote! Gabriella Paiella, The Cut, "What the Hell Is Going on With Elon Musk and Grimes," 9 May 2018 Before the big moment, Woods talked about growing up in Louisiana, how drag changed his life and his expectations for Chicago Pride in the arty Avondale loft where his aunt and her partner live. Morgan Greene,, "Louisiana teen makes drag debut at Chicago Pride Parade: ‘I feel free’," 24 June 2018 The spare furnishings, an arty combination of unfinished wood and primary colors, smelled like fresh lumber and appealed to my sense of symmetry because everything was in identical pairs. Hedia Anvar, Longreads, "How To Build An Intellectual," 23 June 2018 Romance Was Born’s event similarly married its whimsical, arty collection with its surroundings, namely a retro restaurant in Sydney’s CBD. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "What’s Up Down Under? A Report From Fashion Week in Sydney," 24 May 2018 In Tina Fey's 'Mean Girls' on Broadway, the arty geeks take center stage. Avi Selk,, "Tina Fey regrets urging you to give up and eat sheet cake," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of arty


1901, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of arty was in 1901

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English Language Learners Definition of arty

: artistic in a way that seems insincere or too extreme

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