artsy (adj.) "pretentiously artistic," 1902, from arts (see ART (Cf. art) (n.)); originally especially artsy-craftsy, with reference to the arts and crafts movement; always more or less dismissive or pejorative; artsy-fartsy was in use by 1971.

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  • artsy — adj. 1. same as {arty}. Syn: arty. [PJC] 2. same as {artsy craftsy}. Syn: artsy craftsy. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • artsy — [ärt′sē] adj. artsier, artsiest Informal ARTY1 …   English World dictionary

  • artsy — adjective Inclined towards the arts; arty. See Also: artsy craftsy, artsy fartsy …   Wiktionary

  • artsy — artsiness, n. /ahrt see/, adj., artsier, artsiest. Informal. 1. arty. 2. artsy craftsy. [1900 05; ART1 + SY or ART1 + S3 + Y1] * * * …   Universalium

  • artsy — art|sy [ artsi ] adjective AMERICAN 1. ) pretending to enjoy art or be interested in it 2. ) showing a great interest in art, but in a way that may not be sincere: artsy intellectual types …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • artsy — [[t]ɑ͟ː(r)tsi[/t]] ADJ GRADED Artsy means the same as arty. [INFORMAL] …   English dictionary

  • artsy — adjective Date: 1902 arty …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • ärtsy — ärtyisä / erittäin Me nähtii ärtsyn kähee motskari merellä …   Suomen slangisanakirjaa

  • artsy — ar·tsy || ɑːtsɪ adj. (Informal) pretentiously artistic, pompously presenting oneself as interested in or involved in the arts (also arty) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • artsy — UK [ˈɑː(r)tsɪ] / US [ˈɑrtsɪ] adjective American arty …   English dictionary

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