airy

[ air-ee ]
/ ˈɛər i /
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adjective, air·i·er, air·i·est.

Origin of airy

1350–1400; Middle English ayery; see air1, -y1
Can be confusedaerie airy
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British Dictionary definitions for airy (1 of 2)

airy

/ (ˈɛərɪ) /

adjective airier or airiest

British Dictionary definitions for airy (2 of 2)

Airy

/ (ˈɛərɪ) /

noun

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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Word Origin and History for airy

airy


adj.

late 14c., "of the air, made of air," from air (n.1) + -y (2). Meaning "breezy" is attested from 1590s; that of "lively" is from 1640s. Sense of "vain, unsubstantial" is from 1580s. Disparaging airy-fairy is attested from 1920 (earlier in a sense of "delicate or light as a fairy," which is how Tennyson used it in 1830).

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