- (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)
- to take a break from an unpleasant encounter or stifling environment: She walked away from the argument to get some air.
- to take a short rest.
- to be rejected, as by a lover.
- to be dismissed, as by an employer: He had worked only a few days when he got the air.
- to reject, as a lover: He was bitter because she gave him the air.
- to dismiss, as an employee.
- not broadcasting: The station goes off the air at midnight.
- not broadcast; out of operation as a broadcast: The program went off the air years ago.
- to go out-of-doors; take a short walk or ride.
- Slang.to leave, especially hurriedly.
- to begin broadcasting.
- Also in the air.undecided or unsettled: The contract is still up in the air.
- Informal.angry; perturbed: There is no need to get up in the air over a simple mistake.
Origin of air1
Synonyms for air
Related Words for airshaughtiness, show, pose, mannerism, ostentation, put-on, pretension, pretentiousness, pomposity, front, affectedness, arrogance, pretense, hauteur, superciliousness
Examples from the Web for airs
Contemporary Examples of airs
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Historical Examples of airs
So I'm not agoin' to put on no airs as if I was a fine lady.Weighed and Wanting
But, Cousin Eustace, you must put off your airs, and come with us to the drawing-room.The Three Golden Apples
He had a lighted cigar in his hand, and brought with him airs of ale and tobacco smoke.Little Dorrit
Despite our clothes, despite our airs and graces, we mostly appear to be exactly what we are.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
I'm responsible for what he expects: he expects just what the airs I've put on have made him expect.Alice Adams
- 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
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