out of thin air

Definition of out of thin air

used to say that someone or something appears in a sudden and unexpected way
  • He appeared out of thin air.

Word by Word Definitions

out play
  1. : in a direction away from the inside or center

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

  1. used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

  2. : one who is out of office or power or on the outside

  3. : an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats

thin play
  1. : having little extent from one surface to its opposite

  2. : measuring little in cross section or diameter

  3. : not dense in arrangement or distribution

  1. : to make thin or thinner:

  2. : to reduce in thickness or depth : attenuate

  3. : to make less dense or viscous

  1. : in a thin manner : thinly

air play
  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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