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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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  • Stables and neat-houses were the perfection of cleanliness and airiness.

    In the Heart of Vosges Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • The airiness of the walls was a relief to him after the infected room.

    The Mermaid

    Lily Dougall
  • Yet acuteness of psychology is never sacrificed to airiness of style.


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

    Glimpses of Bengal Sir Rabindranath Tagore
  • At the mention of "Ned Napier" the clerk's airiness disappeared.

    The Air Ship Boys H.L. Sayler
  • Nothing could exceed the airiness of this pretty contrivance.

  • "I am not the sort of wife you want," she said, with an attempt of airiness.

    The Virginian Owen Wister
  • A ceiling, if lighter in tone than the walls, gives a sense of airiness to a room.

  • But answering her banter he once caught an expression behind her airiness.

    If Winter Comes A.S.M. Hutchinson
  • For all its airiness, his verse was thrown off by a mind no stranger to thought and research.

    Shelley Sydney Waterlow
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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