\ ˈär-tē How to pronounce arty (audio) \
artier; artiest

Definition of arty

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: 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 How to pronounce artily (audio) \ adverb
artiness \ ˈär-​tē-​nəs How to pronounce artiness (audio) \ 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

But fun can be dangerous: Frenchman Philippe (Sidney Robote) chides all these arty young subversives for simply copying European cultural models, because people are dying from overdoses and AIDS. Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter, "'This Is Not Berlin' ('Esto no es Berlin'): Film Review," 29 June 2019 By most accounts, Broadway is enjoying a new golden age, an era marked by arty musicals, powerhouse dramas and year after year of record-breaking grosses. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Five Things to Watch For at Sunday’s Tony Awards," 8 June 2019 The scene has strains the arty pool photos that have become popular in the past few years, thanks to drone photography. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Your Guide to the References in Taylor Swift's 'You Need to Calm Down' Music Video," 17 June 2019 The band went on to become an important part of the influential, arty and noisy Boston scene. John Adamian,, "The captivating Kristin Hersh bringing her ’80s aesthetic to Space Ballroom," 14 June 2019 Barranco Is Back Lima’s affluent neighborhood is drawing luxury homebuyers with its authentic, arty vibe and active nightlife A wooden bridge allows pedestrians to walk from the heart of Barranco to the beach. Catherine Elton, WSJ, "A Bohemian Neighborhood in Peru Gets a Luxury Lift," 10 Jan. 2019 At the house Coco founded, Karl Lagerfeld paid homage to Mademoiselle Chanel’s habit of wearing layered, ladylike chains; elsewhere, unconventional mixes produced more arty effects (see Chloé). Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Fresh From the Spring 2019 Runways, 7 New Jewelry Trends and How to Wear Them," 15 Oct. 2018 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

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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

informal + usually disapproving : artistic in a way that seems insincere or too extreme

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