Definition of tarty in English:

tarty

adjectivetartier, tartiest

  • 1British informal (of a woman) dressed in a sexually provocative manner that is considered to be in bad taste.

    ‘a very tarty outfit which leaves little to the imagination’
    ‘does this dress make me look tarty?’
    • ‘They lingered at the entrance to a bar and watched a tarty lady with a spiky black wig and false red nails attempt to entice a fat German tourist.’
    • ‘Rebecca is best known for playing Karen in Paul Abbott's Shameless, the mouthy and tarty daughter of Frank's girlfriend, Sheila.’
    • ‘The scene, she admits, always feels a little different from the rest of the show, where she's tarty without being naked.’
    • ‘A tarty girl with dyed blonde hair glanced over me.’
    • ‘Dale has dark secrets and a tarty girlfriend, who works as a waitress at the diner.’
    • ‘Part of me was very nervous about playing someone who is that obviously sexual and slightly tarty but once I got on set, all of those worries disappeared because it was such a laugh.’
    • ‘Hear it and, at once, you can see her - blonde but not brassy, sexy but not tarty, dignified but funny, haughty but friendly.’
    • ‘She may be called a ‘harlot,’ but she's really only mildly tarty.’
    • ‘But the event coincided with her brief foray into the world of the blonde, a change of hair colour which saw her daubed as tarty, attention-seeking and vacuous-looking.’
    • ‘They happen to be wrapped around his real amour, the tarty singer.’
    • ‘The young girl pines for a father constantly away at sea, loathes her mother, who carries on an affair with her uncle, and both envies and resents her tarty elder sister.’
    • ‘The boy's life changes forever when this tarty good-time girl replaces his mother in the family home.’
    • ‘Top the short list but keep the girly feeling fresh, not tarty.’
    • ‘It's a thin line between looking glamorous and looking tarty.’
    • ‘Landon instantly gives up all his bad habits - Julie, in turn, becomes mildly more tarty.’
    • ‘I was a bit hurried due to time, but I looked neither tarty nor frumpy.’
    • ‘They've got actors and actresses who actually resemble horrible little orange faced tarty teens.’
    • ‘There's a shot of some tarty, drunk bird in the audience, mouthing off at the camera.’
    • ‘We really don't like to see very young girls sporting this look as it makes them look tarty.’
    sexy, sexually arousing, sexually exciting, alluring, seductive, tempting, suggestive, inviting, tantalizing, titillating
    1. 1.1(of clothes) contributing to a sexually provocative appearance.
      • ‘Normally, you would notice the danger signs - the need for control, the short attention span, the tarty clothes, the insatiable insecurity, the hunger for excitement - and take appropriate action.’
      • ‘After I had dismissed the skin inflaming make-up and the tatty plastic jewellery, all I was left with were surly-looking dolls wearing clompy shoes and tarty skirts that cost the earth.’
      • ‘The moral crusader commented that she ‘had seen all sorts of things’ in the seedy back streets of London, but she did manage to raise a smile while looking at tarty outfits in a shop window.’
      • ‘There are several designs, all of which are very pretty, very girlie and will get you more brownie points than the traditional tarty underwear.’
      • ‘Her outfit was a bit tarty but the clothes were good quality, you know?’
      • ‘Well, I'm exaggerating, but there are lots of heels, extreme push-up bras, and tarty trimmings.’
      • ‘Dresses are short and feature drawstrings at the bust, or tight and tarty leather with back splits and piping.’
      • ‘I had decided to wear a denim blue skirt that doesn't look too tarty but is above my knee.’
      • ‘The skirt opens out down to her ankles, miraculously transforming the tarty little frock into an elegant and sophisticated full-length evening gown.’
      • ‘I'll put something on and think, ‘Mmm, is this a bit tarty?’’
      • ‘The court declares her not guilty unless she starts wearing those tarty low-rise pants again.’
      • ‘The womenswear is super sexy bordering on tarty.’
      • ‘All sported tarty scarlet wigs and pole-dancer wear.’
      promiscuous, licentious, dissolute, impure, unchaste, wanton, abandoned, of easy virtue

Pronunciation

tarty

/ˈtɑːti/