If you describe someone as arty-farty, you are criticizing them for being interested in artistic ideas or activities that most people do not think are interesting or worthwhile. [BRIT, INFORMAL] wasted on elitist arty-farty groups. artsy-fartsy pretentious film.


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  • arty-farty — arty fartˈy or artsy fartsˈy adjective (derogatory, informal) Arty, arty crafty • • • Main Entry: ↑art * * * arty farty 7 [arty farty] [ˌɑːti ˈfɑːti] [ˌɑːrti ˈfɑːrti] ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • arty-farty — British, informal, American, informal something or someone that is arty farty tries too hard to seem connected with serious art, and is silly or boring because of this. Rob s friends were a couple of arty farty types who talked endlessly about… …   New idioms dictionary

  • arty-farty — adjective Self important or self indulgent, especially when describing an artistic project. Ive had enough of this arty farty modern sculpture! …   Wiktionary

  • arty-farty — BrE artsy fartsy, AmE adjective informal someone who is arty farty tries too hard to show that they are interested in art …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • arty-farty, artsy-fartsy — adj pretentious, affected, more decorative than useful. A more vulgar parallel of the innocuous arty crafty , which is Edwardian in origin and was usually applied to the pseudo rustic, as in the Arts and Crafts design movement of the late 19th… …   Contemporary slang

  • arty-farty — art|y fart|y [ˌa:ti ˈfa:ti US ˌa:rti ˈfa:r ] adj BrE art|sy fart|sy [ˌa:tsi ˈfa:tsi US ˌa:rtsi ˈfa:r ] AmE informal trying too hard to show that you are interested in art used to show disapproval …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • arty-farty — (also artsy fartsy) adjective informal, derogatory associated with or showing an interest in the arts …   English new terms dictionary

  • arty-farty — Adj. Pretentiously artistic. Informal …   English slang and colloquialisms

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  • artsy-fartsy — /ahrt see fahrt see/, adj. Slang (vulgar). arty. Also, arty farty /ahr tee fahr tee/. [1975 1980; rhyming compound from ART1, FART, SY] * * * artsy fartsy 7 [artsy fartsy] [ˌɑːtsi ˈfɑːtsi] [ˌɑːrtsi ˈfɑːrtsi] (especially NAmE …   Useful english dictionary

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