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ARTY (AHR-tee)

Showily or affectedly artistic

Common clues: Bohemian; Pretentious; Chichi; Dilettantish; Culturally showy; Pseudosophisticated; Too-too

Crossword puzzle frequency: five times a year

Frequency in English language: 23127 / 86800

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Used colloquially as a noun or adjective, highbrow is synonymous with intellectual; as an adjective, it also means elite, and generally carries a connotation of high culture. The word draws its metonymy from the pseudoscience of phrenology, and was originally simply a physical descriptor. "Highbrow" can be applied to music, implying most of the classical music tradition and much of post-bebop jazz; to literature, i.e. literary fiction; to films in the arthouse line; and to comedy that requires significant understanding of analogies or references to appreciate. As the former buzzword has lost some currency and sounds slightly passé, its use now gives an impression of mild irony.

The word (highbrow) draws its metonymy from the pseudoscience of phrenology, and was originally simply a physical descriptor.

The first usage in print of highbrow was recorded in 1884. [1] The opposite of highbrow is lowbrow, and between them is middlebrow, describing culture that is neither high nor low; as a usage, middlebrow is derogatory, as in Virginia Woolf's unsent letter to the New Statesman, written in the 1930s and published in The Death of the Moth and Other Essays (1942). According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word middlebrow first appeared in print in 1925, in Punch.

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ARTY (300) 61 Tu >1 09 Bohemian

51 We- >1 04 Pretentious

25 We >1 06 Chichi TONY

15 Th >1 08 Dilettantish

11 Tu >1 04 Culturally pretentious

11 We- >1 06 Culturally showy

08 Pretentiously creative

7 Th >1 01 Pseudocultural

6 We- >1 08 Pseudosophisticated

5 Mo >1 09 Pretentiously showy

4 Th >1 05 Too-too

3 We >1 02 Affected

3 Tu- >1 04 Creative

3 Mo+ >1 87 Highfalutin'

08 Like a dilettante

3 We CSy 08 Like many independent films

3 Tu- >1 99 Pretentiously cultured

3 We- NYT 09 Pseudo-cultured

2 Th- >1 08 Affectedly creative

2 Th- LAT 09 Affectedly cultural

08 Avant-garde EDGY NEOS

2 Tu >1 00 Chi-chi

2 We >1 05 Culturally flamboyant

2 Th NYS 03 Like Greenwich Village

2 Th- >1 06 Like some museumgoers