Definition of artsy in US English:


(also arty)


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

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