[ air-ee ]
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adjective,air·i·er, air·i·est.
  1. open to a free current of fresh air; breezy: airy rooms.

  2. consisting of or having the character of air; immaterial: airy phantoms.

  1. light in appearance; thin: airy garments.

  2. light in manner; sprightly; lively: airy songs.

  3. light in movement; graceful; delicate: an airy step.

  4. light as air; unsubstantial; unreal; imaginary: airy dreams.

  5. visionary; speculative.

  6. performed in the air; aerial.

  7. lofty; high in the air.

  8. putting on airs; affected; snobbish: an airy debutante posing for society photographers.

Origin of airy

1350–1400; Middle English ayery;see air1, -y1

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British Dictionary definitions for airy (1 of 2)


/ (ˈɛərɪ) /

adjectiveairier or airiest
  1. abounding in fresh air

  2. spacious or uncluttered

  1. nonchalant; superficial

  2. visionary; fanciful: airy promises; airy plans

  3. of or relating to air

  4. weightless and insubstantial: an airy gossamer

  5. light and graceful in movement

  6. having no material substance: airy spirits

  7. high up in the air; lofty

  8. performed in the air; aerial

British Dictionary definitions for Airy (2 of 2)


/ (ˈɛərɪ) /

  1. Sir George Biddell . 1801–92, British astronomer, noted for his estimate of the earth's density from gravity measurements in mines; astronomer royal (1835–81)

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