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airy

[air-ee]
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adjective, air·i·er, air·i·est.
  1. open to a free current of fresh air; breezy: airy rooms.
  2. consisting of or having the character of air; immaterial: airy phantoms.
  3. light in appearance; thin: airy garments.
  4. light in manner; sprightly; lively: airy songs.
  5. light in movement; graceful; delicate: an airy step.
  6. light as air; unsubstantial; unreal; imaginary: airy dreams.
  7. visionary; speculative.
  8. performed in the air; aerial.
  9. lofty; high in the air.
  10. putting on airs; affected; snobbish: an airy debutante posing for society photographers.
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Origin of airy

1350–1400; Middle English ayery; see air1, -y1
Can be confusedaerie airy

Synonyms

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4. jaunty, merry. 6. fanciful, illusory.
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Examples from the Web for airier

Historical Examples

  • If I read fiction, let it be fiction; airier than hard fact.

    One of Our Conquerors, Complete

    George Meredith

  • Percival gave it a good grip, and resumed, in an airier tone than ever.

    Under False Pretences

    Adeline Sergeant

  • Hood, on the other hand, is jocular in an airier and lighter-hearted fashion.

    The Brighton Road

    Charles G. Harper

  • But the school was removed in 1872 to an airier district at Godalming.

  • She preferred it to the embankment below the Temple; it seemed to her airier.

    Happy Pollyooly

    Edgar Jepson


British Dictionary definitions for airier

Airy

noun
  1. 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)
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airy

adjective airier or airiest
  1. abounding in fresh air
  2. spacious or uncluttered
  3. nonchalant; superficial
  4. visionary; fancifulairy promises; airy plans
  5. of or relating to air
  6. weightless and insubstantialan airy gossamer
  7. light and graceful in movement
  8. having no material substanceairy spirits
  9. high up in the air; lofty
  10. performed in the air; aerial
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Word Origin and History for airier

airy

adj.

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).

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