airy

adjective \ ˈer-ē \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of airy

airier; airiest
1 a : 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
3 a : being light and graceful in movement or manner : sprightly, vivacious
  • an airy dance
b : exceptionally light, delicate, or refined
  • an airy fragrance
4 a : open to the free circulation of air
  • an airy room
b : having openings or spaces
  • airy lacework
5 : affected, proud
  • airy condescension

airily

play \ˈer-ə-lē\ adverb

airiness

play \-ē-nəs\ noun

Examples of airy in a Sentence

  1. The room is open, light, and airy.

  2. He refused with an airy wave of his hand.

Recent Examples of airy from the Web

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First Known Use of airy

14th century


AIRY Defined for English Language Learners

airy

adjective

Definition of airy for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

airy

adjective \ ˈer-ē \

Definition of airy for Students

airier; airiest
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

airily

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


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