tour·​isty | \ ˈtu̇r-ə-stē How to pronounce touristy (audio) \

Definition of touristy

1 : patronized by or appealing to tourists touristy restaurants
2 : characteristic of or relating to tourists touristy behavior

Examples of touristy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition to a late afternoon rally a block from the Marriott, near the city’s touristy Inner Harbor district, there will be a singalong, a light show and a dance party, the coalition said. Washington Post, "Trump maligned Baltimore. Residents will ‘welcome’ his visit with a protest.," 12 Sep. 2019 Not all clean and tidy and touristy, but charming and scenic nonetheless. Pamela Wright,, "Don’t overlook New London," 27 Aug. 2019 The hub of the park is Bar Harbor, a touristy town with shops. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The Very Best National Parks You Need to Visit," 5 Sep. 2019 Get out of the touristy neighborhoods into some more off the beaten path. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "5 things to do on your first trip to Philadelphia beyond the Liberty Bell," 12 Sep. 2019 From a day trip to Niagara Falls, to a touristy elevator to the top of the CN tower or a cool spin class…Toronto is a city full of things to do. Thr Staff, The Hollywood Reporter, "Toronto According to Exec Sherryl Clark," 7 Sep. 2019 Now they’re painting side-by-side in a swanky art studio on the touristy Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. Phillip Valys,, "Dirt-cheap rent in Fort Lauderdale? Artists morph empty Las Olas storefronts into funky studios," 9 Aug. 2019 The epicenter of the protests was the intersection of Calle del Cristo and Calle de la Fortaleza, in the touristy neighborhood of Old San Juan. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, "Puerto Rico’s Loud and Fervent Days of Protest," 26 July 2019 My dad grew up in a small town in Puerto Rico [called Vega Alta], which was never a touristy spot. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "Lin-Manuel Miranda: "I'll Always Bring My Work to Puerto Rico"," 11 June 2019

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First Known Use of touristy

1906, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of touristy was in 1906

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English Language Learners Definition of touristy

informal + often disapproving : attracting or appealing to tourists

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meddlesome, informal, or unofficial

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