\ ˈer-ē How to pronounce airy (audio) \
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 How to pronounce airily (audio) \ adverb
airiness \ ˈer-​ē-​nəs How to pronounce airiness (audio) \ noun

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Inside, the market is open and airy with high ceilings and exposed ventilation. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Woodward Corner Market opens Wednesday: Here's a peek inside," 27 Jan. 2020 Next to the dinette is an open and airy family room, perfect for chilling with guests or warming oneself in front of the gas fireplace. courant.com, "Property of the Week: Clearwater Creek of Burlington," 18 Oct. 2019 Both houseboats had been built as bachelor’s pads, but Krueger remodeled hers into an open and airy home. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "House tour: It’s always summer on this Sausalito houseboat," 31 Aug. 2019 To ensure an open, airy feel and guarantee that no room would sit unused, the architect and the designer/client collaborated closely on the interior layout. Marni Elyse Katz, BostonGlobe.com, "A designer creates her dream home. (And it can withstand young kids.)," 25 July 2019 The space is open and airy, and customers can also watch the light rail go by. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "These Phoenix hair stylists were tired of the vacant space next to their salon. So they opened a bakery," 20 June 2019 Floor-to-ceiling glass walls complement the open and airy floor plan, and the living room features ten-foot ceilings, a gas fireplace, and views onto a landscape yard outside. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Midcentury jewel in Memphis boasts a cheery blue kitchen for $489K," 28 Sep. 2018 Renovating a 1920s gas station, the two transformed the place into a bright and airy spot for refined meals accompanied by exceptional wines. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "Ellerbe Fine Foods in Fort Worth adds new garden room and wine bar," 18 Feb. 2020 The shop is bright and airy, with a whole wall of floor-to-ceiling windows facing Detroit Road. cleveland, "La Chic Boutique opens in Rocky River, just in time for proms and summer weddings," 17 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of airy

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

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“Airy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/airy. Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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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
\ ˈer-ē How to pronounce airy (audio) \
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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