arty-farty


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arty-farty

or

artsy-fartsy

adj
informal artistic in a pretentious way
Translations

arty-farty

[ˈɑːtɪˈfɑːtɪ] artsy-fartsy (US) [ˈɑːtsɪˈfɑːtsɪ] ADJpretencioso, con pretensiones artísticas

arty-farty

[ˌɑːtɪˈfɑːtɪ] artsy-fartsy (British) adj (= pretentious) [person] → poseur/euse; [film] → prétentieux/euse
money wasted on elitist arty-farty groups → de l'argent gaspillé sur des groupes élitistes de poseurs
an artsy-fartsy pretentious film → un film prétentieux de style faussement artiste
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Excuse my confusion, but mathematics was not known for being an especially arty-farty subject last time I looked.
Excuse my confusion, butmathematicswas not known for being an especially arty-farty subject last time I looked.
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It's been done out very nicely - clean, simple table decorations, de rigeur chocolate-coloured banquettes, flowers on the tables, bright arty-farty stuff on the walls, a bit of exposed wood, a smattering of red tiling.
At school I was arty-farty, somewhat sensitive and prone to exorbitant longings and extravagant demands.
No, this week's George Tyndale award for the Brainless Wonder of the Week goes to the arty-farty toffs at the Tate for attempting to display a picture of the actress Brooke Shields as a 10 year-old girl.
A few years ago the general consensus was that only hippies and arty-farty people resorted to yoga and meditation but more and more we're accepting it as a valid way of relaxation.
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