Definition of arty in English:


(North American artsy)

adjectiveartier, artiest, artsier, artsiest

  • Making a strong, affected, or pretentious display of being artistic or interested in the arts.

    ‘television people and arty types’
    ‘a very arty film’
    • ‘Punch Drunk Love is quirky and stylish, but not in a manner that comes across as overly artsy or pretentious.’
    • ‘She's the one who frequents the repertory cinemas watching obscure, artsy flicks and documentaries.’
    • ‘One imagines an arty, cultured childhood, with a genius typing away furiously at the top of the house.’
    • ‘You don't want to be too overambitious and be accused of being pretentious and too artsy.’
    • ‘Going to see Cirque du Soleil is downright artsy and cultural, and it's fun and exciting.’
    • ‘Their songs sound a tad pretentious and arty now, but you can't go wrong with the music and energy.’
    • ‘I do not usually sit down and watch The English Patient or other such artsy films.’
    • ‘Maybe he was afraid his film wasn't yet arty enough for the poseurs at the festivals.’
    • ‘I know it might seem a bit pretentious, a bit arty, but to me they are Nordic gods.’
    • ‘Where am I going to go now to get all those arty, cultured links that make me appear much more well-read and erudite than I really am?’
    • ‘Bunker is chic and arty without being too pretentious, and its friendly, laid-back vibe is infectious.’
    • ‘It is not artsy or pretentious, yet it crackles with poetic genius.’
    • ‘There are plenty of visual stunts, but this is always more than an arty display of technical ingenuity.’
    • ‘They had arty foreign films playing on big screens throughout the venue.’
    • ‘I suppose somewhere is a foreign film buff who likes artsy films that don't have to mean what they say they mean.’
    • ‘Even if you have a problem with all of the arty pretension, there's some great drums at the very least.’
    • ‘To tell you the truth, I really enjoy going to the cinema and I enjoy going to see the big blockbusters and the smaller, more arty films as well.’
    • ‘The film is self-consciously artsy and becomes a little trying at 63 minutes.’
    • ‘Rich has swapped daring disco days for mediocre middle-age, a comfort zone of arty films and fruity red wines.’
    • ‘The Past Presents The Future is the perfect soundtrack to an arty love story flick about hip kids falling in love.’
    cultivated, artistically aware, intellectually aware, artistic, enlightened, civilized, educated, well educated, well read, well informed, learned, knowledgeable, discerning, discriminating, with good taste, refined, polished
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