Definition of tarty in English:



  • 1(of a woman) dressed in a sexually provocative manner that is considered to be in bad taste.

    ‘it's nice to see a young girl dressed up prettily without looking tarty or freaky’
    • ‘These days, it's mainly host to cheesy 70s and student nights - just drive past on any Saturday and you're bound to see packs of tarty girls fighting over taxis and being sick in the gutter.’
    • ‘I was a bit hurried due to time, but I looked neither tarty nor frumpy.’
    • ‘There's a shot of some tarty, drunk bird in the audience, mouthing off at the camera.’
    • ‘They happen to be wrapped around his real amour, the tarty singer.’
    • ‘We really don't like to see very young girls sporting this look as it makes them look tarty.’
    • ‘The young girl pines for a father constantly away at sea, loathes her mother, who carries on an affair with her uncle, and both envies and resents her tarty elder sister.’
    • ‘Dale has dark secrets and a tarty girlfriend, who works as a waitress at the diner.’
    • ‘Rebecca is best known for playing Karen in Paul Abbott's Shameless, the mouthy and tarty daughter of Frank's girlfriend, Sheila.’
    • ‘They lingered at the entrance to a bar and watched a tarty lady with a spiky black wig and false red nails attempt to entice a fat German tourist.’
    • ‘The boy's life changes forever when this tarty good-time girl replaces his mother in the family home.’
    • ‘Hear it and, at once, you can see her - blonde but not brassy, sexy but not tarty, dignified but funny, haughty but friendly.’
    • ‘Top the short list but keep the girly feeling fresh, not tarty.’
    • ‘But the event coincided with her brief foray into the world of the blonde, a change of hair colour which saw her daubed as tarty, attention-seeking and vacuous-looking.’
    • ‘It's a thin line between looking glamorous and looking tarty.’
    • ‘Landon instantly gives up all his bad habits - Julie, in turn, becomes mildly more tarty.’
    • ‘A tarty girl with dyed blonde hair glanced over me.’
    • ‘She may be called a ‘harlot,’ but she's really only mildly tarty.’
    • ‘Part of me was very nervous about playing someone who is that obviously sexual and slightly tarty but once I got on set, all of those worries disappeared because it was such a laugh.’
    • ‘They've got actors and actresses who actually resemble horrible little orange faced tarty teens.’
    • ‘The scene, she admits, always feels a little different from the rest of the show, where she's tarty without being naked.’
    sexy, sexually arousing, sexually exciting, alluring, seductive, tempting, suggestive, inviting, tantalizing, titillating
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    1. 1.1(of clothes) contributing to a sexually provocative appearance.
      • ‘Her outfit was a bit tarty but the clothes were good quality, you know?’
      • ‘I'll put something on and think, ‘Mmm, is this a bit tarty?’’
      • ‘The skirt opens out down to her ankles, miraculously transforming the tarty little frock into an elegant and sophisticated full-length evening gown.’
      • ‘All sported tarty scarlet wigs and pole-dancer wear.’
      • ‘The womenswear is super sexy bordering on tarty.’
      • ‘There are several designs, all of which are very pretty, very girlie and will get you more brownie points than the traditional tarty underwear.’
      • ‘I had decided to wear a denim blue skirt that doesn't look too tarty but is above my knee.’
      • ‘Dresses are short and feature drawstrings at the bust, or tight and tarty leather with back splits and piping.’
      • ‘The court declares her not guilty unless she starts wearing those tarty low-rise pants again.’
      • ‘Normally, you would notice the danger signs - the need for control, the short attention span, the tarty clothes, the insatiable insecurity, the hunger for excitement - and take appropriate action.’
      • ‘After I had dismissed the skin inflaming make-up and the tatty plastic jewellery, all I was left with were surly-looking dolls wearing clompy shoes and tarty skirts that cost the earth.’
      • ‘The moral crusader commented that she ‘had seen all sorts of things’ in the seedy back streets of London, but she did manage to raise a smile while looking at tarty outfits in a shop window.’
      • ‘Well, I'm exaggerating, but there are lots of heels, extreme push-up bras, and tarty trimmings.’
      promiscuous, licentious, dissolute, impure, unchaste, wanton, abandoned, of easy virtue
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