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  • IPA(key): /ˈɑː(ɹ)ti/
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  • Rhymes: -ɑː(ɹ)ti

Etymology 1[edit]

From art +‎ -y.


arty (comparative artier, superlative artiest)

  1. Inclined towards the arts.
    • 2021 July 21, Cath Clarke, “Luz: The Flower of Evil review – arty Colombian horror shot through a trippy filter”, in The Guardian[1]:
      But the film is depressingly thin on the women; often it seems more interested in arranging them in arty tableaux than investigating the way that isolation has shaped their personalities and how they see the world.
  2. (sometimes derogatory) Pretending to artistic worth; high-flown.
    • 2015 August 31, quoting Quentin Tarantino, “Quentin Tarantino says Cate Blanchett's 'arty' films don't have 'shelf life'”, in The Guardian[2]:
      “Half of these Cate Blanchett movies – they’re all just like these arty things. I’m not saying they’re bad movies, but I don’t think most of them have a shelf life,” he said.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From a shortening of artillery +‎ -y.


arty (plural arties)

  1. (military, slang) Artillery.
  2. (military, slang) An artillery crew member.