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Etymology 1[edit]

paint +‎ -ery


paintery (plural painteries)

  1. A place where paintings are done.
    • 1958, William Sansom, The Icicle and the Sun, page 67:
      Now the lie of these involved waters becomes plain -- you can see the parklike Diurgården island to the east with its marvellous open-air Skansen museum of all the old village architectures of the country, with its wild riding woods and its leisurely villa-palaces built for an ampler age, and also what must be the most spacious studio a private painter has ever attained, the enormous royal paintery at Waldermarsudde of fin-de-siecle Prince Eugen, friend of Zorn and devotee on a truly royal scale of his art.
    • 1973, Coralville, 1873-1973: Lest We Forget, page 13:
      The blazing sun of July 24th was beating down on the wrecked plant, when a hole was noticed in the roof of the top story paintery in the Statler wagon factory.
    • 2012, ‎J. F. Moran, The Japanese and the Jesuits, →ISBN:
      The Jesuits in Japan were to disband the seminaries, the press and the paintery; to dismiss 200 of the 300 d juku and two-thirds of the servants; to withdraw from the various housestojust two or three, from which they were to make sorties to the Christians as best they could; to stop all building work, and all but absolutely essential present-giving, and to reduce almsgiving, in order to bring total outgoings for the following twelve months down from 12,000 to 5,000 or 6,000 ducats.
  2. The act, process, or result of painting.
    • 1855, Orville Horwitz, Brushwood, picked up on the continent:
      Domenichino's Jerome, surpasses in worth all the rest, and it is here that the ambitious artist loves to spend his day in improving his taste, and in increasing his admiration of these chefs d'ceuvre of the greatest paintery, since the restoration !
    • 1974, Hugh Lloyd-Jones, Maurice Bowra: a celebration, page 42:
      He was an unfeigned lover of the Muses (or some of them : not musick or paintery), and writ much upon poesy, whether antient or modern, heroick, lyrick, or symbolicall.
    • 1988, Theodore Pease Russell, ‎James F. Keefe, & ‎Lynn Morrow, A Connecticut Yankee in the frontier Ozarks, page 298:
      I saw crazy quilts of the most brilliant colors of silks, so arranged to look like some great paintery.
    • 1995, David G. Miller, The Word Made Flesh Made Word, →ISBN:
      This church doth non Consist of any painted, Flowrisht up, or Hypocriciall professours of Christianity. Such are rotten members of the visible body: but never had any union unto the Head at all. Save onely in Colour, or Shew, as Jezabels painted beauty did but Stick upon her Face, and was not the vitall Smiles upon her polisht Skin portraied by the pensill of nature out in fresh Colors or an aireall blush and animal vivacity mixt in her Countenance. Such paintery will not Constitute a member of this Corporiety.
    • 2003, Edward Taylor (‎Daniel Patterson), Edward Taylor's Gods Determinations and Preparatory Meditations, →ISBN:
      Their Glory's but a painted Sun on th'wall Compar'd to thine and that thou dost display. How glorious then art thou, when all their glory Is but a Paintery to thy bright story.

Etymology 2[edit]

painter +‎ -y


paintery (comparative more paintery, superlative most paintery)

  1. (informal) With the appearance of having been painted.
    How paintery would you like the image?
  2. (informal) Resembling or characteristic of a painter; artistic.
    He has a paintery brain.