\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


ethereal, fluffy, gossamer, gossamery, light


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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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,, "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 With her stylist Cristina Ehrlich, Ms. Dern swept into Ms. Hearst’s airy loftlike studio at 11 a.m., a half-hour late, like a whirlwind of poise, wearing burgundy high-heeled boots, oversize sunglasses and a pink houndstooth wrap by Ms. Hearst. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "What Will Laura Dern Wear to the Golden Globes? (Hint: It Will Be Black)," 6 Jan. 2018 Seth Rogen was in town from L.A. recently, and dropped in on the airy studio of the furniture-design firm Bower, in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "Seth Rogen, Design Dude, and His Psychedelic Mirror," 16 June 2014 At L’ovue, a big, airy space just a block away, Kim hurries over to a row of waterproof mascaras and selects her favorite by the Japanese label Kiss Me. Kate Branch, Vogue, "This Fantastic Beasts 2 Star Has a Serious Knack for K-Beauty," 17 Nov. 2018 After spending the better part of a year renovating the camper, the couple turned it into an airy, bohemian home on wheels. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Couple renovates old Airstream into a bohemian dream," 5 Nov. 2018

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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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