- delicate or lovely: an airy-fairy actress; an airy-fairy nightgown.
- not based on reality or concerned with mundane affairs; unrealistic: airy-fairy ideas about spending a fortune that isn't even his.
- Slang. effeminate; swishy.
Origin of airy-fairy
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Historical Examples of airy-fairy
Nothing of the tootsey-wootsey about her foot, and nothing of the airy-fairy trifle about her slipper.Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son
George Horace Lorimer
There is nothing more beautiful than the airy-fairy soap-bubble with its everchanging colors.How Two Boys Made Their Own Electrical Apparatus
Thomas M. (Thomas Matthew) St. John
- informal fanciful and unrealistican airy-fairy scheme
- delicate to the point of being insubstantial; light