Definitions

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  • adj. Self-important or self-indulgent, especially when describing an artistic project.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Oh, and we may also need to take into account those arty-farty designers using Macs.

    EXTRALIFE – By Scott Johnson - Google Chrome OS

  • In the old Soviet days, the Samizdat used to talk of ‘kitsch’ (not the arty-farty kind), a sort of gloying jelly you had to fumble with in dealing, day-to-day with the vile nomenclature foisting its mix of ludicrous ideology, lying targets and statistics, propaganda and vicious impersonal control on all and sundry.

    New Financial Year – Now We Can Arrest Again « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • The ones they're keeping are the ones that benefit business, while cutting the arty-farty ones that cost very little and arguably earn money.

    Armando Iannucci: 'Now is not the time for a crap opposition'

  • Less historical than hysterical, "The Untitled Kartik Krishnan Project" is a movie-within-a-movie shot in frequently abstract black-and-white — "arty-farty," as one character describes her cinematic preference — about a lonely office worker's effort to make a short film with the help of a more established director (the film's actual director, Srinivas Sunderrajan).

    Kids Take Over the School

  • You're right, it won't be over until the fat lady sings, but even that won't satisfy the liberal arty-farty literati.

    Tony Blair: The Next Labour Prime Minister?

  • We are talking about the sinister path here, not some “white light” arty-farty mumbo-jumbo.

    Satanism Exposed: The ONA Fake Org | Disinformation

  • Triple Ecstacy is a remarkable example of an arty-farty porno film that actually succeeds in the arty part.

    Triple Ecstasy (DVD Review) « Skid Roche

  • And we've all been agonizing for the past week about whether or not a weird political mutation called Nick Griffin is really Public Enemy Number One, having been ordained as such by the multi-culti, metrosexual, arty-farty literati and Auntie Beeb's Lord High Inquisitor David Dumblebollocks, because Griffin insists that a tribe known as the English still actually exists in England and is worthy of representation in Parliament.

    John Terry’s sacking as England captain tells us something interesting...

  • If not because it sounds very arty-farty, then because out of slight embarrassment that I'm "only" a border guard.

    Across the Border

  • However she is reviled by the arty-farty pseudo intellectual left, because once she wrote for the Guardian on social affairs and was therefore considered to be - de rigeur - a socialist by them.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

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