\ 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 \ ˈer-​ē-​nəs How to pronounce airiness (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 Top this light and airy meringue with vegan coconut whipped cream and luscious raspberries and pomegranate seeds, then save the reserved coconut liquid for a light breakfast smoothie the next day. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Raspberry-Pomegranate Pavlova," 4 Nov. 2019 This piece is not only super light and airy but can double as an ottoman and coffee table. Dominique Hobdy, Essence, "What I Screenshot This Week: The Chic Ottoman That'll Complete My Living Room," 18 Oct. 2019 The entrance on the main deck opens into an airy great room that includes living, kitchen and dining room space. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Look inside: Floating on a dream houseboat in Sausalito," 31 Aug. 2019 Main-level living spaces include a marble kitchen, a formal dining room with coffered ceilings and an airy living room that opens to a covered deck with leafy views. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "‘House of Cards’ producer Dana Brunetti quickly lands buyer for Toluca Lake abode," 26 July 2019 Clarkson even stops to let one join in before making her way down to the center of the airy, comfy set, closing the tune with a trademark power riff. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "Kelly Clarkson sings, chats, laughs on her new daytime talk show: 'I'm just kind of doing me'," 5 Sep. 2019 This property features high ceilings, an abundance of windows, and 2,185 square feet of bright, airy and stylish space. Bang Staff And Correspondents, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Feel the bay breeze from this gorgeous Marina Cove home in Alameda," 18 June 2019 Tiny Boxwoods Tiny Boxwoods is airy and stylish, and restaurant seating overlooks a pristine, lush garden. Allison Bagley, Condé Nast Traveler, "11 Best Brunches in Austin," 4 Mar. 2018 The result is a story that’s less about connecting to people than to ideas, some of them fairly airy. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: Eve Ensler Goes Deep ‘In the Body of the World’," 6 Feb. 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 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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