plot·​ty ˈplä-tē How to pronounce plotty (audio)
plottier; plottiest
: marked by intricacy of plot or intrigue
a plotty novel
plottiness noun

Examples of plotty in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yes, definitely less plotty! Liz Appel, Vogue, 20 Apr. 2022 Is this film less plotty? Liz Appel, Vogue, 20 Apr. 2022 Few things have defined the last two decades of Hollywood filmmaking more than superhero blockbusters and, in particular, the genre’s voracious appetite for gobbling up titillating indie directors and setting them to the task of building dark and plotty worlds. Joe Reid, Vulture, 12 Jan. 2021 But its pleasures and compensations lie not in plotty complications or some third-act twist, but in the humanity that suffuses an enterprise that is borne of obsession but achieves a form of transcendence. Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 21 Mar. 2023 It’s probably less plotty and more of a character study than any of the others too. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 Aug. 2022 This is, after all, a very plotty movie, one where every nasty twist feels like another puzzle piece falling into place. David Sims, The Atlantic, 7 June 2018 So Hollywood spent a decade trying and failing to condense the plotty tome into a movie with a parade of A-list directors attached (including Curtis Hanson and Philip Kaufman). Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Jan. 2018 Back in the ’70s, Theroux’s books (and even Greene’s), no matter how intelligent and virtuosic, were too colorful, plotty and cinematic to be granted full respect by the snobbiest literary gatekeepers. Kurt Andersen, New York Times, 13 Oct. 2016

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Word History

First Known Use

1888, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of plotty was in 1888

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“Plotty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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