from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Arty.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective same as arty.
  • adjective same as artsy-craftsy.

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  • adjective sometimes derogatory Inclined towards the arts; arty.


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  • Dan Hesse will no longer be appearing in artsy black and white Sprint commercials, wandering around the city of New York, trying to find his company's lost credibility.

    I'll Miss Our Soft Talks Together: Sprint CEO Ads To Stop - The Consumerist 2009

  • Watanabex says: for european girls its either bear your tits in artsy films or in Pierre Woodman private casting videos


  • They will call it artsy or pretentious and declare it as confusing and jumbled.

    Ken's Review: The Fall - Much More Than Eye Candy « 2008

  • I am not,” said Mrs. Bünz, drawing her hand-woven cloak about her, “what you describe as artsy-craftsy.”

    Death of a Fool Marsh, Ngaio, 1895-1982 1956

  • Let's examine: on Abbey Road, Lennon was guilty of the same "artsy"-ness you accuse Macca/Martin of: how about "Because" or "I Want You She's So Heavy" - Lennon was quite hands on re: those songs and did quite a bit of the "artsiness" you find so risible and of which you are so derisive - he just wasn't very good at it and didn't really strike any memorable tunes.

    Imagine no SUVs... I wonder if you can... Ann Althouse 2005

  • My parents belong to that academic genus known as "artsy types," and our home reflects their belief that every last object is an opportunity for self-expression.

    Gregory Beyer: November Sting: A Thanksgiving Satire Gregory Beyer 2011

  • Perhaps that is why Jane Stanton Hitchcock called her artsy mystery set in high society Trick of the Eye.

    Brooks Peters: Le Mot Juiced 2009

  • Or, if you're the artsy that is to say pretentious type and you prefer pontification to Fofonov, I'm pleased to present this sepia-toned interpretation of my censored version for your delectation:

    From Hankies to Hanky-Panky: Porn and Product Placement BikeSnobNYC 2008

  • "You have firms that are known for athletics, some are known as artsy, while others are more academic."

    Labour Law Firm tour a blawger 2005

  • Yeah, I have a design degree, and I used to be pretty good at anything remotely classified as artsy ... but now?

    rainandfire Diary Entry rainandfire 2001


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  • artsy – pretending to be artistic; overly artistic

    July 23, 2008