\ 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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Our bright and airy ocean-view room overlooked a rooftop patio with chaise longues, a wading pool and fire pit. Dorothy O'donnell,, "On a weekend escape to Pacific Beach, you can party on the boardwalk and chill on the bay," 5 July 2018 La Bestiaire comprises multiple outbuildings in addition to the charming main house, which includes bright and airy formal living rooms spaces and seven bedrooms and four and a half baths. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Ultimate equestrian estate just outside NYC wants $8.5M," 22 June 2018 The school’s halls and classrooms are bright and airy, with high ceilings and oversize windows looking out across the lush landscape. Emmanuel Felton, NBC News, "'It's like a black and white thing': How some elite charter schools exclude minorities," 17 June 2018 Freeform shows usually begin with bright, airy light and maybe a fun pop song humming in the background. Ariana Romero,, "On Siren, The Little Mermaid Grows Up & Fights Back," 27 Mar. 2018 The cabin is bright and airy, particularly thanks to our test car's twin sunroofs. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The 2018 Toyota Camry might be proof most people don’t care about cars," 13 Feb. 2018 The version here is a monochromatic mix of airy mesh panels, soft leather accents, and of course, that running sole as the icing on the oversized cake. Tyler Watamanuk, GQ, "The Adidas Yung 1 Is Basically a Mainstream Yeezy Boost 700," 22 Jan. 2018 Erewhon Santa Monica’s space is bright and airy, thanks to wraparound windows and skylights and outdoor dining on a garden terrace. Sunset, "The Organic Grocery That’ll Have You Dreaming of Trips to the Store," 22 Jan. 2018 There were some shocks of bright color, but the predominant palette was light and airy pastels. Rhonda Richford, The Hollywood Reporter, "Fendi Embraces Faux Over Fur in Paris Couture Show," 5 July 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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