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airily

[ air-uh-lee ]

adverb

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


airily

/ ˈɛərɪlɪ /

adverb

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


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Other Words From

  • un·airi·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of airily1

First recorded in 1760–70; see airy, -ly ( def )

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Example Sentences

Intent on getting something published but disdainful of the journalistic pack clustered in a Turkish border town, he fell in with a couple of young Syrians who airily offered to take him into their country for a couple of days at no charge.

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Paul Wolfowitz lied airily about what a waltz it would all be.

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

Coakley airily suggested that maybe she could hold a fundraiser.

"He is where all those who cross the will of Condillac must sooner or later find themselves," said Marius airily.

Aristide disengaged himself, waved his hand airily towards Perigueux, and smiled blandly.

I tried to, but he brushed it aside airily and told me to attend to my own affairs and light one of his cigars.

This was chanted lightly, airily, with a sweetness almost absurd, coming as it did from so uncouth a musician.

For there were many brown-ribbed skeletons swaying airily among the chafing boughs.

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