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arty

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Pronunciation: /ˈɑːti
 
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(chiefly North American also artsy /ˈɑːtsi/)

Definition of arty in English:

adjective (artier, artiest; artsier, artsiest)

informal
Making a strong, affected, or pretentious display of being artistic or interested in the arts: television people and arty types a very arty film
More example sentences
  • Their songs sound a tad pretentious and arty now, but you can't go wrong with the music and energy.
  • I know it might seem a bit pretentious, a bit arty, but to me they are Nordic gods.
  • Bunker is chic and arty without being too pretentious, and its friendly, laid-back vibe is infectious.

Derivatives

artily

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • Art Direction by Michael Ford who also artily directed ‘Nostradamus’.
  • On arrival, there's champagne on ice and an artily cut fruit platter.
  • The garlic bread was also artily arranged in the middle of a plate, surrounded by a creamy sauce with juicy button mushrooms.

artiness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • Every industrial city has a macho culture, but Newcastle's hasn't been leavened with the artiness and creativity which makes a city like Glasgow so diverse and so intriguing.
  • Their records are never burdened by self-concious artiness.
  • I didn't notice the artiness so much as the fact that there seemed to be an awful lot of film of them just running along in a not-very-exciting way.

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