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air·​brush ˈer-ˌbrəsh How to pronounce airbrush (audio)
: an atomizer for applying by compressed air a fine spray (as of paint or liquid color)


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airbrushed; airbrushing; airbrushes

transitive verb

: to paint, treat, or alter (as to conceal imperfections) with or as if with an airbrush
airbrush a photograph

Examples of airbrush in a Sentence

Verb That photograph must have been airbrushed.
Recent Examples on the Web
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And, as other entities in the fashion world have been airbrushed and transformed over the last five decades, its brown-kraft-paper visage has had no significant face-lifts. Hilary Reid, New York Times, 14 Sep. 2023 It cannot be airbrushed or filtered or otherwise altered. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, 25 Aug. 2023 With Remini, users’ skin can appear unnaturally smooth and airbrushed, and hands and finer details can be distorted. Paige Hagy, Fortune, 19 July 2023 Democrats are appalled at the effort to airbrush history. Caroline Petrow-Cohen, Dallas News, 31 July 2023 By airbrushing a small circle in the center of each nail, you're left with a beautiful gradient design. Tasha Nicole Smith, ELLE, 26 July 2023 While there are some new details in the telling, the net effect leaves the Smith that people didn’t know, other than those meticulously airbrushed photo spreads, largely untouched. Brian Lowry, CNN, 16 May 2023 This multi-peptide serum is packed with a variety of them, all with the goal of giving skin that airbrushed glow. Neha Tandon,, 1 May 2023 The mural was painted using airbrushing techniques with gold metal flakes, traditionally used to paint lowrider cars. Maura Fox, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1884, in the meaning defined above


1907, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of airbrush was in 1884

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Cite this Entry

“Airbrush.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a device that uses compressed air to apply a liquid (as paint or a protective coating) as a fine spray
airbrush verb

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