verb (used with object)
  1. to paint or decorate, using an airbrush: to airbrush murals; to airbrush silk kimonos.
  2. to remove or alter by or as by means of an airbrush: to airbrush facial lines from a photograph.
  3. to prettify or sanitize: airbrushed versions of modern history.

Origin of airbrush

First recorded in 1885–90; air1 + brush1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for airbrush


  1. an atomizer for spraying paint or varnish by means of compressed air
verb (tr)
  1. to paint or varnish (something) by using an airbrush
  2. to improve the image of (a person or thing) by concealing defects beneath a bland exterioran airbrushed version of the government's record
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