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  1. in a lively or breezy manner; jauntily.
  2. lightly; delicately.
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Origin of airily

1760–70; see airy, -ly
Related formsun·air·i·ly, adverb
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Related Words for airily

easily, delicately, casually, tenderly, moderately, gingerly, softly, simply, mildly, freely, quietly, slightly, sparsely, faintly, subtly, smoothly, gently, willingly, optimistically, gaily

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Contemporary Examples of airily

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


  1. in a jaunty or high-spirited manner
  2. 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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