\ 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 Its restaurant, called St. Germain des Pres, has a large terrace on the sea, and the bar is cozy, with oversize armchairs and a fireplace, while the rooms are light and airy, with travertine side tables and 19th-century desks. New York Times, 15 July 2021 The airy wine bar, perched on a hill in New Preston, is the perfect place for an al fresco aperitivo. Christina Pére, Vogue, 7 July 2021 On top, rests a soft and airy quilted cooling tencel mattress cover followed by CertiPUR-US certified gel memory foam. Ciannah Gin, Forbes, 16 June 2021 There were two rooms for nursing parents and spaces for 10 new shops and restaurants that are expected to fill the airy 230,000-square-foot space in the coming months. Washington Post, 4 June 2021 There are a plethora of options to choose from that are airy enough for summer yet insulated enough to keep you warm. Rachel Besser, Vogue, 1 July 2021 Both locations are airy and minimal, filled with sleek Merrithew reformers, a towel branded with the dusty pink Forma logo at each one. Lane Florsheim, WSJ, 24 June 2021 Instead, his works are airy and whimsical, playing optical games. Rebecca Ann Hughes, Forbes, 19 June 2021 The airy lodgepole pines seem to be patiently waiting for their Whitehorse brethren to drop their seeds northwestward. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, 19 June 2021

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First Known Use of airy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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24 Jul 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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