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[air-uh-lee] /ˈɛər ə li/
in a lively or breezy manner; jauntily.
lightly; delicately.
Origin of airily
1760-70; see airy, -ly
Related forms
unairily, adverb Unabridged
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  • God's wrath must be harder to bear than the bitter humiliation to which her mother had so airily condemned her.

    A Bride of the Plains Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • "This morning—you're just in time, as usual," said Georges, airily.

    Lorraine Robert W. Chambers
  • Oh,” he said airily, “I told him to keep his pig of a child away from the white chief.

  • "I hardly feel that I've begun this inquiry yet," said Winter airily.

  • You go on airily: 'I'm pretty sure I can bring twenty thousand pounds' worth of ads.

    Books and Persons Arnold Bennett
  • Henry (airily, with a typically British desire to conceal his emotion).

    Happy Days Alan Alexander Milne
  • "God knows," said Davy airily, preparing to resume his reading.

    Anne Of The Island Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • “What we want is to administer a tonic to the Conference in Milan,” he said airily.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for airily


in a jaunty or high-spirited manner
in a light or delicate manner
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for airily

1766, from airy "with ostentatious air" (see air (n.2)) + -ly (2).

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