Origin of airing
- (during an airborne stunt) the height between the ground and an athlete or an athlete with his or her equipment: The BMX course was designed for riders to get good air.
- such a jump or other airborne stunt: The snowboarder took first place with four clean airs.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of air1
Examples from the Web for airing
I followed her on Twitter, like the rest of the world, and Eastbound & Down was airing at the time.Inside the Mind of The Mindy Project’s Resident Weirdo, Ike Barinholtz|Kevin Fallon|September 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Festivus came early this year folks, because it's time for the airing of the grievances.The Enraging Emmy Nominations: 20 Snubs and Surprises|Kevin Fallon|July 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Hannibal Would Hannibal be a bigger hit if it was airing on a cable network?These 5 ‘On the Bubble’ TV Shows Shouldn’t Be Canceled|Kevin Fallon|April 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Without Elliott on the set this morning, GMA did get around to airing a goodbye compilation video.
If it feels like How I Met Your Mother has been airing for decades, that's because it has.The Bloated ‘HIMYM’ Finale Ends Exactly Where We Knew It Would|Amy Zimmerman|April 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Deaf Burke took an airing yesterday afternoon in an open cart.
So the workers pick them up and take them out for an airing.Little Busybodies|Jeanette Augustus Marks and Julia Moody
The great German fabulist, Pfeffel, a blind man, once took Billing's arm and went with him into the garden to take an airing.Modern Magic|Maximilian Schele de Vere
Ten minutes airing after the bag is opened will be quite sufficient to dissipate every particle of odor.Standard Paper-Bag Cookery|Emma Paddock Telford
He forgot about airing his frock coat; it might remain in its odorous tomb.The Enemies of Women|Vicente Blasco Ibez
- exposure to air or warmth, as for drying or ventilation
- (as modifier)airing cupboard
- a simple tune for either vocal or instrumental performance
- another word for aria
- in circulation; current
- in the process of being decided; unsettled
- informalagitated or excited
Word Origin for air
"action of exposing to air," c.1600, from present participle of air (v.). Meaning "display, public exposure is from 1870.
"to expose to open air," 1520s, from air (n.1). Figurative sense of "to expose, make public" is from 1610s of objects, 1862 of opinions, grievances, etc. Meaning "to broadcast" (originally on radio) is from 1933. Related: Aired; airing.
c.1300, "invisible gases that make up the atmosphere," from Old French air "atmosphere, breeze, weather" (12c.), from Latin aerem (nominative aer) "air, lower atmosphere, sky," from Greek aer (genitive aeros) "air" (related to aenai "to blow, breathe"), of unknown origin, possibly from a base *awer- and thus related to aeirein "to raise" and arteria "windpipe, artery" (see aorta) on notion of "lifting, that which rises." In Homer mostly "thick air, mist;" later "air" as one of the four elements.
Words for "air" in Indo-European languages tend to be associated with wind, brightness, sky. In English, air Replaced native lyft, luft (see loft (n.)). To be in the air "in general awareness" is from 1875; up in the air "uncertain, doubtful" is from 1752. To build castles in the air is from 1590s (in 17c. English had airmonger "one preoccupied with visionary projects"). Broadcasting sense (e.g. on the air) first recorded 1927. To give (someone) the air "dismiss" is from 1900. Air pollution is attested by 1870.
1590s, "manner, appearance" (e.g. an air of mystery); 1650s, "assumed manner, affected appearance" (especially in phrase put on airs, 1781), from French air "look, appearance, mien, bearing, tone" (Old French aire "reality, essence, nature, descent, extraction," 12c.; cf. debonair), from Latin ager "place, field" (see acre) on notion of "place of origin."
But some French sources connect this Old French word with the source of air (n.1), and it also is possible these senses in English developed from or were influenced by air (n.1); cf. sense development of atmosphere and Latin spiritus "breath, breeze," also "high spirit, pride," and the extended senses of anima.
"melody, tune," 1580s, from Italian aria (see aria).
In addition to the idiom beginning with air
- air one's grievances
- breath of fresh air
- castles in the air
- clear the air
- give someone the air
- hot air
- in the air
- into (out of) thin air
- nose in the air
- off the air
- put on airs
- up in the air
- walk on air
- wash (air) one's dirty linen