openness to the air: the airiness of a balcony facing the sea.
sprightliness of manner: a ballet marked by airiness and deft movement.
snobbishness; affectation.

Origin of airiness

First recorded in 1735–45; airy + -ness Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for airiness

Historical Examples of airiness

  • Stables and neat-houses were the perfection of cleanliness and airiness.

    In the Heart of Vosges

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • The airiness of the walls was a relief to him after the infected room.

    The Mermaid

    Lily Dougall

  • Yet acuteness of psychology is never sacrificed to airiness of style.


    Horace Barnett Samuel

  • It is not for me to strive to be wafted away into the airiness of an Angel.

    Glimpses of Bengal

    Sir Rabindranath Tagore

  • At the mention of "Ned Napier" the clerk's airiness disappeared.

British Dictionary definitions for airiness



the quality or condition of being fresh, light, or breezy
lightness of heart; gaiety
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