airy-fairy

adjective
\ ˈer-ē-ˈfer-ē How to pronounce airy-fairy (audio) \

Definition of airy-fairy

1 chiefly British : delicate, fairylike
2 chiefly British : lacking substance or purpose : not practical in … an airy-fairy, unserious, insufficiently careful fashionThe Times Literary Supplement (London)

First Known Use of airy-fairy

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Airy-fairy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/airy-fairy. Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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airy-fairy

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English Language Learners Definition of airy-fairy

chiefly British, informal + disapproving : not having substance or purpose : not practical

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