Informal. delicate or lovely: an airy-fairy actress;an airy-fairy nightgown.
Informal. not based on reality or concerned with mundane affairs; unrealistic: He'd better get rid of those airy-fairy ideas about spending a fortune that isn't even his.
Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. effeminate.
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How to use airy-fairy in a sentence
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
The airy fairy fancies of happy Dreamland never grow old; they, like the glorious stars above us, are always young.The Lilac Fairy Book | Andrew Lang
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
The happiness of those lovely little airy fairy creatures was without alloy.Birds of the Plains | Douglas Dewar
I congratulate you and Mrs. Starbuck also on airy fairy Lilian, who makes, I believe, the third.The Letters of William James, Vol. II | William James
British Dictionary definitions for airy-fairy
informal fanciful and unrealistic: an airy-fairy scheme
delicate to the point of being insubstantial; light
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