in a lively or breezy manner; jauntily.
lightly; delicately.

Origin of airily

1760–70; see airy, -ly
Related formsun·air·i·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for airily

Contemporary Examples of airily

  • “Something to do with bankruptcy and an ancient honorary decree,” she said, airily.

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    Casey Schwartz

    January 25, 2011

  • Coakley airily suggested that maybe she could hold a fundraiser.

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    Lloyd Grove

    January 21, 2010

Historical Examples of airily

  • “What we want is to administer a tonic to the Conference in Milan,” he said airily.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • "Don't bother about me," I called as airily as possible, as I shot past him.

    A Woman Tenderfoot

    Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson

  • "And that won't do, under the circumstances," she cut in airily.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

  • "Anyway, I make you a present of it," Scaramouche pursued, airily.


    Rafael Sabatini

  • "Have they not told you," rejoined the other airily, engrossed in filling the glasses.

British Dictionary definitions for airily



in a jaunty or high-spirited manner
in a light or delicate manner
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Word Origin and History for airily

1766, from airy "with ostentatious air" (see air (n.2)) + -ly (2).

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