airiness

[air-ee-nis]
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noun
  1. openness to the air: the airiness of a balcony facing the sea.
  2. sprightliness of manner: a ballet marked by airiness and deft movement.
  3. snobbishness; affectation.

Origin of airiness

First recorded in 1735–45; airy + -ness
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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.

    Modernities

    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

airiness

noun
  1. the quality or condition of being fresh, light, or breezy
  2. lightness of heart; gaiety
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