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  (British informal) also artsy-fartsy (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 the decline of the modern American novel.

artsy (fartsy)

mod. obviously or overly artistic; effete. (Mildly offensive.) The decorations were sort of artsy fartsy, but the overall effect was quite nice.
See also: artsy, fartsy




mod. dabbling in arts and crafts; artistic. The artsy-craftsy crowd held a show in the library parking lot last Sunday.
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It was in the late 1970s that ``Jaws'' and ``Star Wars'' made high-tech escapism replace the artsier, socially engaged cinema of the counterculture generation (which itself began to dominate Hollywood a decade earlier as audiences abandoned the commercially doddering, classic Hollywood studio approach that had ruled since the start of the sound era).