Hood, on the other hand, is jocular in an airier and lighter-hearted fashion.
Percival gave it a good grip, and resumed, in an airier tone than ever.
The French chain-bridge looked lighter and airier than the prototype.
But the school was removed in 1872 to an airier district at Godalming.
A curious kind of sweat, as white as snow and airier than the down on the wing of a bird, is beginning to show itself.
She preferred it to the embankment below the Temple; it seemed to her airier.
If I read fiction, let it be fiction; airier than hard fact.
Or maybe I should say "veiling" instead of canvas—or something still lighter and airier.
The cooler and airier the place it stands in the better—freezing even is not objectionable when the salt begins striking in.
She was gentler to everybody, even to her parents, and chatted vivaciously, and walked with an airier step!
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).