airy

adjective
\ 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

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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Through the use of light wells and skylights, the house, designed by Steev Wilson of architecture firm Forum Phi, feels bright and airy. Nancy Keates, WSJ, "The Millionaires Living in the Mining Cabins," 1 Nov. 2018 In their place are bright and airy pieces of modern furniture accented by warm wood and soaring windows, plus a one-starred Michelin restaurant, Refectorio. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Hotels in Europe: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Everything's open, bright, and airy, and there's a real sense that you're tucked away from the chaos of the outside world, thanks to all of the lush greenery outside every window. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "There's An Ingenious Lighting Trick To Keeping This Room Looking Bright, Even At Night," 3 Aug. 2018 To combat that impression, architects Joseph Abel and George T. Sanmyers spread 64 airy apartments over eight floors. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Cloud Atlases: What are those weird sculptures atop this Kalorama building?," 23 June 2018 Inside, the Sainte-Chapelle at Vincennes has a bright, airy feel. Nicole Defeudis, BostonGlobe.com, "Visiting Paris? Put this fortified castle in your itinerary," 29 May 2018 Opt for the airy feel of stacking tableware, ceramic coffee mugs, tea pots, and more on exposed, floating shelves rather than in heavy above-counter cabinets. Amanda Smith, ELLE Decor, "16 Accents and Finishes for a Timeless Kitchen," 17 Apr. 2018 Find a cozy seat in the airy open courtyard and chat over a plate of burrata, tomato and garlic bread slices ($21). Gwendolyn Purdom, RedEye Chicago, "Chicago date idea: 'Window' shopping at 3 Arts Club Cafe then strolling and dinner at The Vig," 13 Apr. 2018 New lighting, furnishings, paint, carpeting, ceiling materials and other interior design features add up to an airy, spacious feel. Rich Heileman, cleveland.com, "Library to attract patrons with new amenities and a modern look," 13 Apr. 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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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 \
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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