artsy

artsy
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-craftsy — adj. 1. 1 pretentiously artistic; cloyingly charming. Syn: arty crafty, artsy, arty. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • artsy-craftsy — [ärt′sēkraft′sē, ärt′sēkräft′sē] adj. Informal having to do with arts and crafts: usually used disparagingly to connote faddishness, dilettantism, superficiality, etc …   English World dictionary

  • artsy-fartsy — [ärt′ē färt′ēärt′sē färt′sē] adj. Slang pretentiously artistic, sophisticated, etc.: also arty farty [ärt′ē färt′ē] …   English World dictionary

  • artsy-craftsy — /ahrt see kraft see, krahft /, adj. Informal. 1. pretending to artistry and craftsmanship or to an interest in arts and crafts: an artsy craftsy chair; an artsy craftsy person. 2. cloyingly charming: The shop has an artsy craftsy décor. Also,… …   Universalium

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