airier; airiest
1
a
: 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
3
a
: being light and graceful in movement or manner : sprightly, vivacious
an airy dance
b
: exceptionally light, delicate, or refined
an airy fragrance
4
a
: open to the free circulation of air
an airy room
b
: having openings or spaces
airy lacework
5
: affected, proud
airy condescension
airily adverb
airiness noun

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Example Sentences

The room is open, light, and airy. He refused with an airy wave of his hand.
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Word History

First Known Use

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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Cite this Entry

“Airy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/airy. Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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Kids Definition

airier; airiest
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, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
4
: like air in lightness and delicacy
airy feathers

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