- 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 airy
A gorgeous, glistening rendition of “Lost Cause” came next, and the airy Morning Phase standout “Blue Moon” ended the sequence.Beck’s Musical Time Machine: This Wasn’t a Concert. It was a Spectacular Party.
April 18, 2014
An airy acoustic guitar begins to strum; a synthesized orchestra begins to swell.‘Reflektor’ Makes Arcade Fire the Biggest Band in the World
October 29, 2013
It was this combination of elusive, airy wit, and easy charm—and her passion for me—that was my lifeline.Mother’s Day 2013: Gloria Steinem, Erica Jong & Writers Thank Their Moms
Gloria Steinem, Erica Jong, Fay Weldon, Dalma Heyn, Joyce Maynard
May 12, 2013
Her work covers the walls of her airy and cluttered Venice studio.‘The Queen of Versailles’: Lauren Greenfield’s New Documentary
May 23, 2012
For years, the triennial confab has been remarkable mostly for airy oratory by national leaders playing to the crowd back home.Summit of the Americas in Cartagena Will Be a Minefield for Obama
April 13, 2012
There was a long, airy gallery, in which he was allowed to take exercise any hour of the day.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
I had climbed up into the airy heights, I had been writing of millionaires.The Harbor
Very few houses have a proper place to keep provisions in; the best substitute is a hanging-safe, suspended in an airy situation.
The latter, entirely unabashed, waved an airy gesture, and continued.The Woman-Haters
Joseph C. Lincoln
Visions are airy; but I propose to see visions for a moment, and Britain as she might be in 1948.Another Sheaf
- 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
- 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)
Word Origin and History for airy
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).