\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

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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The inaugural collaboration led to the airy, two-family home completed further north in the same neighborhood last year. Tanay Warerkar, Curbed, "Yale architecture students built this innovative timber home for the formerly homeless," 17 Oct. 2018 The master bedroom is large and airy with high ceilings and pops of color, leading into the master bath, where the couple added a large bathtub, standing shower with edge-less glass walls, new granite countertops and painted gray cabinets. Taylor M. Riley, The Courier-Journal, "This Prospect home does summer the right way with the perfect pool," 14 June 2018 The interiors are bright and airy with blonde wood tables, individual and communal. Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, "Barilla now has five fast-casual restaurants," 21 Mar. 2018 Though Italian style may bring to mind deep wine shades and rich earth tones, Rizzato encourages the use of neutrals, since pale, creamy hues lend a sense of airy freshness that will make any room look palazzo-worthy. Lauren Hubbard, ELLE Decor, "How to Master a Modern Italian Look at Home," 28 June 2018 The airy cushion compact, which normally retails for $15 is on sale for $9 today and provides a brightening effect with lightweight coverage — perfect for summer. Lauren Swanson, Allure, "Amazon's Deal of the Day Features K-Beauty Skin Care and Makeup on Sale," 28 June 2018 Her portraits and airy renderings of local farms, familiar business spots, pastoral animal scenes and local luminaries like Jim Pffeferkorn on his farm or the Heigh family patriarch of Jenny’s Market in portrait mode, are simply stunning. Lisa Peklo, Howard County Times, "Artist captures local landmarks in paintings [West Friendship]," 28 June 2018 The master bath has also been expanded to bring in an airy spa-like quality. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Renovated midcentury with modern kitchen asks $750K," 25 June 2018 With a skylight, your bathroom will look larger, more airy, and brighter. Jennifer Adams,, "Ask Jennifer Adams: Pros and cons of a bathroom skylight," 11 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of airy

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

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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 \
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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