Overtly interested in art and style, perhaps overly or pretentiously so. I like that café, but it's always packed with artsy-fartsy types talking about their obscure interests.
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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
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