\ 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 airy (audio) \ adverb
airiness \ ˈer-​ē-​nəs How to pronounce airy (audio) \ noun

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Either way, the airy material won't stick to your skin. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "What I Wear on Repeat: Everlane's White Linen Long-Sleeve Tee," 6 Jan. 2021 The airy harmonies of Fleetwood Mac provide the perfect soundtrack to an easy mind and plenty of Zs. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "20 of the Best Sleeping Songs to Listen to When You’re Lying Awake at Night," 26 Dec. 2020 Martina chef Daniel Del Prado has turned his considerable talents to pizza (two styles, both excellent) and gotta-try small plates in the airy space formerly occupied by Rose Street Patisserie. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "12 notable Twin Cities area restaurant openings in 2020," 16 Dec. 2020 The couple, who have four young children, wanted a retreat that was bright and airy, one that captured plenty of classic New England charm without being cliché. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "This Maine Vacation Home Puts a Fresh Spin on Seaside Hues," 26 Nov. 2020 Many of them have undergone dramatic transformations in recent years, as various famous architects worked their magic, creating bright and airy spaces, with amenities ranging from spas and yoga rooms to outdoor gardens and swimming pools. Barbara Peterson, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Airports in the World: 2020 Readers' Choice Awards," 6 Oct. 2020 But its airy timeless tunes from South London’s down-to-earth diva will still be there when the vaccine properly drops. Wired Staff, Wired, "The Best Pop Culture That Got Us Through 2020," 16 Dec. 2020 And while his family enjoyed the restaurant’s popovers — crisp, airy, golden bread rolls — his love for the location isn’t based on the food. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "‘Like losing Fisherman’s Wharf’ — S.F. diners bemoan loss of Cliff House, though not its food," 15 Dec. 2020 At the airy summit, the silence was broken only by a distant rooster and a bell dangling from a grazing burro. John Maccormack, San Antonio Express-News, "Captivating tales from South Texas and Mexico," 8 Dec. 2020

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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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“Airy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/airy. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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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 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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