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Airy definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

A'IRY, a.
1. Consisting of air; as, an airy substance.
2. Relating or belonging to air; high in air; as, an airy flight; airy region.
3. Open to a free current of air; as, an airy situation.
4. Light as air; resembling air; thin; unsubstantial; without solidity; as, airy ghosts. An airy dress is one which admits air, and is cool.
5. Without reality; having no solid foundation; vain; trifling; as, an airy scheme; airy notions.
6. Gay; sprightly; full of vivacity and levity; light of heart; lively; as an airy girl.
A'IRY, or A'ery, n. [See Aery-light.] Among sportsmen, the nest of the hawk or eagle.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

adj
1: open to or abounding in fresh air; "airy rooms" [syn: aired, airy]
2: not practical or realizable; speculative; "airy theories about socioeconomic improvement"; "visionary schemes for getting rich" [syn: airy, impractical, visionary, Laputan, windy]
3: having little or no perceptible weight; so light as to resemble air; "airy gauze curtains"
4: characterized by lightness and insubstantiality; as impalpable or intangible as air; "figures light and aeriform come unlooked for and melt away"- Thomas Carlyle; "aerial fancies"; "an airy apparition"; "physical rather than ethereal forms" [syn: aeriform, aerial, airy, aery, ethereal]

Merriam Webster's

adjective (airier; -est) Date: 14th century 1. a. 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> 3. a. being light and graceful in movement or manner ; sprightly, vivacious <an airy dance> b. exceptionally light, delicate, or refined <an airy fragrance> 4. a. open to the free circulation of air <an airy room> b. having openings or spaces <airy lacework> 5. affected, proud <airy condescension> airily adverb airiness noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. (airier, airiest) 1 well-ventilated, breezy. 2 flippant, superficial. 3 a light as air. b graceful, delicate. 4 insubstantial, ethereal, immaterial. Phrases and idioms: airy-fairy colloq. unrealistic, impractical, foolishly idealistic. Derivatives: airily adv. airiness n.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Airy Air"y, a. 1. Consisting of air; as, an airy substance; the airy parts of bodies. 2. Relating or belonging to air; high in air; a["e]rial; as, an airy flight. ``The airy region.'' --Milton. 3. Open to a free current of air; exposed to the air; breezy; as, an airy situation. 4. Resembling air; thin; unsubstantial; not material; airlike. ``An airy spirit.'' --Shak. 5. Relating to the spirit or soul; delicate; graceful; as, airy music. 6. Without reality; having no solid foundation; empty; trifling; visionary. ``Airy fame.'' --Shak. Empty sound, and airy notions. --Roscommon. 7. Light of heart; vivacious; sprightly; flippant; superficial. ``Merry and airy.'' --Jer. Taylor. 8. Having an affected manner; being in the habit of putting on airs; affectedly grand. [Colloq.] 9. (Paint.) Having the light and a["e]rial tints true to nature. --Elmes.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(airier, airiest) 1. If a building or room is airy, it has a lot of fresh air inside, usually because it is large. The bathroom has a light and airy feel. ? stuffy ADJ 2. You can use airy to describe someone's behaviour when they are light-hearted and casual about things which some people take seriously. Giving them an airy wave of his hand, the Commander sailed past. = casual ADJ: ADJ n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. 1. Unsubstantial, aerial, ethereal, aeriform, thin, rare. 2. Light, subtile, sublimated. 3. Sprightly, buoyant, vivacious, volatile, jocund, jolly, jovial, lively, gay, wanton, merry, blithe, light, light-hearted, light of heart, in spirits, in good spirits, of good cheer. 4. Light, buoyant, graceful, flexible, pliant, lithe. 5. Showy, gaudy, flaunting, jaunty, garish, fine. 6. Windy, empty.

Moby Thesaurus

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