airy

adjective
\ 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 \ -​ē-​nəs How to pronounce airiness (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for airy

Synonyms

ethereal, fluffy, gossamer, gossamery, light

Antonyms

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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First Known Use of airy

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

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airy

adjective

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

airy

adjective
\ 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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