give oneself airs

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of give oneself airs

: to act in a way that shows one thinks one is better than other people
  • She's very rich, but she doesn't give herself airs.

Word by Word Definitions

give play
  1. : to make a present of

  2. : to grant or bestow by formal action

  3. : to accord or yield to another

  1. : capacity or tendency to yield to force or strain : flexibility

  2. : the ability of a material to bend or stretch

oneself play
  1. : a person's self : one's own self

  2. : one's normal, healthy, or sane condition or self

air play airs
  1. : breath

  2. : the mixture of invisible odorless tasteless gases (such as nitrogen and oxygen) that surrounds the earth

  3. : a light breeze

  1. : to expose to the air for drying, purifying, or refreshing : ventilate

  2. : to expose to public view or bring to public notice

  3. : to transmit by radio or television


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