- (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
Related formsair·like, adjectiveun·aired, adjectivewell-aired, adjective
Definition for airs (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for airs
And then watch Whitney when it airs on Lifetime on January 17.Inside the Lifetime Whitney Houston Movie’s Lesbian Lover Storyline|Kevin Fallon|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Go to FX now and start catching up (the first five episodes are available there; the sixth airs on FX tonight).'You're the Worst': TV's Best Couple Is Awful and Perfect for Each Other|Jason Lynch|August 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Despite the similarities, Gunn will continue his role on Project Runway when it airs this summer.Isabel Marant Lands at H&M; Burberry Breaks $1 Billion|The Fashion Beast Team|November 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He was charming, diffident but above all very friendly, with no airs or graces.
Famous for her role in Deep Throat, Linda Lovelace airs her dark secrets and life of tragedy.10 Fascinating Porn Star Memoirs: Aurora Snow on Porn Tell-Alls|Aurora Snow|May 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
No forward coquette behaviour, no airs to set himself off, no studied looks nor artful posture,—but nature did it all.The Beaux-Stratagem|George Farquhar
She put on no air of triumph—she never put on any airs of triumph or indeed airs of any kind.The Dictator|Justin McCarthy
As she grew older, too, he describes her, assuming the airs of a young lady.Studies in Medival Life and Literature|Edward Tompkins McLaughlin
Was she not to him in very deed a Morning-star; did not her presence bring with it airs from Heaven?Sartor Resartus|Thomas Carlyle
The cardinal assumed the airs of a father with the sons of France, and the two young princes had grown up under his wing.Ten Years Later|Alexandre Dumas, Pere
British Dictionary definitions for airs (1 of 4)
British Dictionary definitions for airs (2 of 4)
British Dictionary definitions for airs (3 of 4)
- a simple tune for either vocal or instrumental performance
- another word for aria
- in circulation; current
- in the process of being decided; unsettled
- informal agitated or excited
Word Origin for air
British Dictionary definitions for airs (4 of 4)
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Idioms and Phrases with airs
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