airy

adjective
\ ˈer-ē \
airier; airiest

Definition of airy

1a : of or relating to air : atmospheric
b : high in the air : lofty airy perches
c : performed in air : aerial airy leaps
2 : unreal, illusory airy romances
3a : being light and graceful in movement or manner : sprightly, vivacious an airy dance
b : exceptionally light, delicate, or refined an airy fragrance
4a : open to the free circulation of air an airy room
b : having openings or spaces airy lacework
5 : affected, proud airy condescension

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Other Words from airy

airily \ ˈer-​ə-​lē \ adverb
airiness \ -​ē-​nəs \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for airy

Synonyms

ethereal, fluffy, gossamer, gossamery, light

Antonyms

heavy, leaden

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Examples of airy in a Sentence

The room is open, light, and airy. He refused with an airy wave of his hand.

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But the restaurant itself, housed in a former warehouse, is as airy and capacious as Chang’s original restaurants were narrow and tight. Alex Bhattacharji, WSJ, "David Chang’s Culinary Universe Is Still Growing," 2 Nov. 2018 Amidst a hail of gunfire and car chases, the film and its main character carry a light and airy tone. refinery29.com, "SuperFly Is A Nostalgic Reintroduction To Urban Fiction," 14 June 2018 That ambivalence may be the point, but Will & Grace’s wry, airy tone may not be the best vessel for it. Richard Lawson, HWD, "Why L.G.B.T.-Centered TV Is Stuck in the Past," 30 May 2018 Delicate, pale blue larkspur and a deeper hit of blue thistle mimic the airy pattern in the armchair’s fabric, and the foliage of wax flower became the piercing green of the cat’s eyes. Lindsey Taylor, WSJ, "A Winter Bouquet, Black Cat Included," 20 Dec. 2018 As far as grander minimalist statements go, the windowpane-check silk suiting hit the mark and felt right at home in the artist’s airy studio. Chioma Nnadi, Vogue, "Equipment Goes Beyond the Basic With Its First Full Ready-to-Wear Collection," 29 Sep. 2018 Just about everything in the airy Sonoma art studio where Helena Donzelli and her two pals work is ruined. Kevin Fagan, SFChronicle.com, "Wine Country artists find new life, inspiration in the wreckage of studios," 9 July 2018 Family fun Casa Clay: Paint your heart out and express your inner Picasso in the spacious, airy studio with high ceilings and great light. Michelle Newman, San Antonio Express-News, "New Braunfels: Your guide to shopping, dining and hotels," 11 June 2018 Developed by the late Burt Katz, a legend in Chicago food lore, the style features a fluffier dough that is airier than its denser counterparts, with a dark ring of crispy caramelized cheese, thanks to the high-sided pan the pizza is cooked in. Antonio Basada, Condé Nast Traveler, "13 Best Pizza Places in Chicago," 28 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of airy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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airy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of airy

: having a lot of open space through which air can move freely

: having a light or careless quality that shows a lack of concern

: very light or delicate

airy

adjective
\ ˈer-ē \
airier; airiest

Kids Definition of airy

1 : open to the air : breezy an airy room
2 : high in the air the bird's airy perch
3 : having a light or careless quality that shows a lack of concern In spite of his airy tone, there was a look of great bitterness on his face.— J. K. Rowling, Chamber of Secrets
4 : like air in lightness and delicacy airy feathers

Other Words from airy

airily \ ˈer-​ə-​lē \ adverb He airily dismissed our worries.

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