- open to a free current of fresh air; breezy: airy rooms.
- consisting of or having the character of air; immaterial: airy phantoms.
- light in appearance; thin: airy garments.
- light in manner; sprightly; lively: airy songs.
- light in movement; graceful; delicate: an airy step.
- light as air; unsubstantial; unreal; imaginary: airy dreams.
- visionary; speculative.
- performed in the air; aerial.
- lofty; high in the air.
- putting on airs; affected; snobbish: an airy debutante posing for society photographers.
Origin of airy
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Examples from the Web for airier
If I read fiction, let it be fiction; airier than hard fact.One of Our Conquerors, Complete
Percival gave it a good grip, and resumed, in an airier tone than ever.Under False Pretences
Hood, on the other hand, is jocular in an airier and lighter-hearted fashion.The Brighton Road
Charles G. Harper
But the school was removed in 1872 to an airier district at Godalming.Stories That Words Tell Us
She preferred it to the embankment below the Temple; it seemed to her airier.Happy Pollyooly
- Sir George Biddell . 1801–92, British astronomer, noted for his estimate of the earth's density from gravity measurements in mines; astronomer royal (1835–81)
- abounding in fresh air
- spacious or uncluttered
- nonchalant; superficial
- visionary; fancifulairy promises; airy plans
- of or relating to air
- weightless and insubstantialan airy gossamer
- light and graceful in movement
- having no material substanceairy spirits
- high up in the air; lofty
- performed in the air; aerial
Word Origin and History for airier
late 14c., "of the air, made of air," from air (n.1) + -y (2). Meaning "breezy" is attested from 1590s; that of "lively" is from 1640s. Sense of "vain, unsubstantial" is from 1580s. Disparaging airy-fairy is attested from 1920 (earlier in a sense of "delicate or light as a fairy," which is how Tennyson used it in 1830).