\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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First Known Use of airy

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

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The first known use of airy was in the 14th century

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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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