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  • adjective pretentiously artistic; cloyingly charming.

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  • adjective Alternative form of artsy-craftsy.

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  • adjective pretentiously artistic; cloyingly charming


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  • Lawrence Solomon told me that Mrs. Edward Chesterton did not approve of the rather arty-crafty atmosphere of Bedford Park -- that earliest of Garden Cities, so conventionally unconventional -- where Frances lived.

    Gilbert Keith Chesterton Maisie Ward 1932

  • Our first stop is Middlebury, home to artisanal bakers, arty-crafty shops and, above all, to the Otter Creek Brewery where, as at every other I visited in the US, I am warmly welcomed. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph 2010

  • Once I went to other districts in Shanghai, and met some government officials who are arty-crafty.

    China Digital Times (CDT) 2010


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