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[air-ee-nis] /ˈɛər i nɪs/
openness to the air:
the airiness of a balcony facing the sea.
sprightliness of manner:
a ballet marked by airiness and deft movement.
snobbishness; affectation.
Origin of airiness
First recorded in 1735-45; airy + -ness Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But answering her banter he once caught an expression behind her airiness.

    If Winter Comes A.S.M. Hutchinson
  • Stables and neat-houses were the perfection of cleanliness and airiness.

    In the Heart of Vosges Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • They are naked, with scrolls or ribbons wreathed around them, adding to the airiness of their continual dance.

  • The airiness of the walls was a relief to him after the infected room.

    The Mermaid Lily Dougall
  • They are naked, with scrolls or ribbons wreathed round them, adding to the airiness of their continual dance.

    New Italian sketches John Addington Symonds
  • Yet acuteness of psychology is never sacrificed to airiness of style.

    Modernities Horace Barnett Samuel
  • The walls are light in color, while the general effect is one of light and airiness.

  • It is not for me to strive to be wafted away into the airiness of an Angel.

    Glimpses of Bengal Sir Rabindranath Tagore
  • One may see through the branches of a large shingle oak, and it suggests an airiness not common with oaks.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • At the mention of "Ned Napier" the clerk's airiness disappeared.

    The Air Ship Boys H.L. Sayler
British Dictionary definitions for airiness


the quality or condition of being fresh, light, or breezy
lightness of heart; gaiety
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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