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Webster 1913 Edition


Airy

Air′y

,
Adj.
1.
Consisting of air;
as, an
airy
substance; the
airy
parts of bodies.
2.
Relating or belonging to air; high in air; aërial;
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 aërial tints true to nature.
Elmes.

Webster 1828 Edition


Airy

A'IRY

,
Adj.
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.

Definition 2021


airy

airy

English

Adjective

airy (comparative airier, superlative airiest)

  1. Consisting of air.
    an airy substance; the airy parts of bodies
  2. Relating or belonging to air; high in air; aerial.
    an airy flight
  3. Open to a free current of air; exposed to the air; breezy.
    an airy situation
  4. Resembling air; thin; unsubstantial; not material; airlike.
  5. Relating to the spirit or soul; delicate; graceful.
    airy music
  6. Without reality; having no solid foundation; empty; trifling; visionary.
    • 1859, Charles Dickens, The Haunted House
      Ah me, ah me! No other ghost has haunted the boy’s room, my friends, since I have occupied it, than the ghost of my own childhood, the ghost of my own innocence, the ghost of my own airy belief.
  7. Light of heart; vivacious; sprightly; flippant; superficial.
  8. Having an affected manner; being in the habit of putting on airs; affectedly grand.
  9. (painting) Having the light and aerial tints true to nature.

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