air quotes

plural noun
  1. a gesture in which two fingers of each hand draw quotation marks in the air, used when uttering a word or phrase one does not think is appropriate or accurate.: Compare scare quotes.

Origin of air quotes

First recorded in 1985–90
  • Also called finger quotes.

Words Nearby air quotes Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

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