Synonyms & Antonyms of air

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 a rhythmic series of musical tones arranged to give a pleasing effect
  • played a lively air on his fiddle

Synonyms for air

Words Related to air

2 a slight or gentle movement of air
  • we sailed into the bay on a light air and just in time to enjoy a spectacular sunset

Synonyms for air

Words Related to air

Near Antonyms for air

3 a special quality or impression associated with something
  • Naomi's the only person I know who can wear old jeans and a T-shirt with an air of elegance

Synonyms for air

Words Related to air

4 airs plural a display of emotion or behavior that is insincere or intended to deceive
  • ever since she joined the country club she's been putting on airs of being too "high society" for us ordinary folks

Synonyms for air

Words Related to air

Near Antonyms for air



Synonyms & Antonyms of air (Entry 2 of 2)

to make known (as an idea, emotion, or opinion)
  • suggested we air any complaints about the seating arrangements to the person who actually planned the event

Synonyms for air

Words Related to air

Phrases Synonymous with air

Near Antonyms for air

Antonyms for air

See the Dictionary Definition 

Frequently Asked Questions About air

How does the noun air contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of air are affectation, airs, mannerism, and pose. While all these words mean "an adopted way of speaking or behaving," air may suggest natural acquirement through environment or way of life.

a traveler's sophisticated air

In what contexts can affectation take the place of air?

The words affectation and air can be used in similar contexts, but affectation applies to a trick of speech or behavior that strikes the observer as insincere.

the posh accent is an affectation

When would airs be a good substitute for air?

While in some cases nearly identical to air, airs always implies artificiality and pretentiousness.

snobbish airs

When is mannerism a more appropriate choice than air?

While the synonyms mannerism and air are close in meaning, mannerism applies to an acquired eccentricity that has become a habit.

gesturing with a cigarette was her most noticeable mannerism

When could pose be used to replace air?

In some situations, the words pose and air are roughly equivalent. However, pose implies an attitude deliberately assumed in order to impress others.

her shyness was just a pose

Learn More About air

Time Traveler for air

Time Traveler

The first known use of air was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Thesaurus Entries Near air




See More Nearby Entries 

Cite this Entry

“Air.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on air

Nglish: Translation of air for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of air for Arabic Speakers Encyclopedia article about air


Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Words You Should Know

  • hedgehog reading a book
  • Often used to describe “the march of time,” what does inexorable mean?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!