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air·y

 (âr′ē)
adj. air·i·er, air·i·est
1.
a. Open to or allowing in air; breezy or drafty: "the airy bungalows of the island's top officials" (Amitav Ghosh).
b. Extensive in area or height; spacious: "An open floor plan made bright and airy by soaring ceilings" (Country Living).
2. High in the air; lofty: airy skyscrapers.
3. Performed in the air; aerial.
4. Resembling or evocative of air, especially:
a. Having little or no substance; thin or immaterial: an airy apparition.
b. Light or delicate: an airy dress.
5. Speculative, impractical, or vacuous: airy notions of human perfectibility.
6. Haughty or affected: dismissed us with an airy wave of the hand.
7. Chiefly Irish Light-hearted; merry.
8. Archaic Of, relating to, or having the constitution of air.

air′i·ly adv.
air′i·ness n.
Synonyms: airy, filmy, gauzy, gossamer, sheer2
These adjectives mean so light and insubstantial as to resemble air or a thin film: airy curtains blowing at the window; the filmy wings of a moth; gauzy clouds in the sky; a gown of gossamer fabric; sheer silk stockings.

airy

(ˈɛərɪ)
adj, airier or airiest
1. abounding in fresh air
2. spacious or uncluttered
3. nonchalant; superficial
4. visionary; fanciful: airy promises; airy plans.
5. of or relating to air
6. weightless and insubstantial: an airy gossamer.
7. light and graceful in movement
8. having no material substance: airy spirits.
9. high up in the air; lofty
10. performed in the air; aerial

Airy

(ˈɛərɪ)
n
(Biography) Sir George Biddell. 1801–92, British astronomer, noted for his estimate of the earth's density from gravity measurements in mines; astronomer royal (1835–81)

air•y

(ˈɛər i)

adj. air•i•er, air•i•est.
1. open to a free current of fresh air: airy rooms.
2. immaterial: airy phantoms.
3. thin: airy garments.
4. light in manner; sprightly; lively: airy songs.
5. light in movement; graceful: an airy step.
6. performed in the air; aerial.
7. lofty; high in the air.
8. snobbishly affected; haughty: a model striking airy poses.
[1350–1400]
air′i•ly, adv.
air′i•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.airy - open to or abounding in fresh airairy - open to or abounding in fresh air; "airy rooms"
ventilated - exposed to air; "a well ventilated room"
2.airy - not practical or realizable; speculative; "airy theories about socioeconomic improvement"; "visionary schemes for getting rich"
utopian - characterized by or aspiring to impracticable perfection; "the dim utopian future"; "utopian idealists"; "recognized the utopian nature of his hopes"
3.airy - having little or no perceptible weightairy - having little or no perceptible weight; so light as to resemble air; "airy gauze curtains"
light - of comparatively little physical weight or density; "a light load"; "magnesium is a light metal--having a specific gravity of 1.74 at 20 degrees C"
4.airy - characterized by lightness and insubstantialityairy - 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"
insubstantial, unsubstantial, unreal - lacking material form or substance; unreal; "as insubstantial as a dream"; "an insubstantial mirage on the horizon"

airy

adjective
1. well-ventilated, open, light, fresh, spacious, windy, lofty, breezy, uncluttered, draughty, gusty, blowy The bathroom is light and airy.
well-ventilated close, heavy, stifling, oppressive, stale, suffocating, stuffy, airless, muggy, unventilated
2. light-hearted, light, happy, gay, lively, cheerful, animated, merry, upbeat (informal), buoyant, graceful, cheery, genial, high-spirited, jaunty, chirpy (informal), sprightly, debonair, nonchalant, blithe, frolicsome He sailed past, giving them an airy wave of the hand.
light-hearted sad, miserable, gloomy, dismal, melancholy, glum, morose, cheerless
3. insubstantial, imaginary, visionary, flimsy, fanciful, ethereal, immaterial, illusory, wispy, weightless, incorporeal, vaporous 'launch aid', an airy euphemism for more state handouts
insubstantial real, material, substantial, concrete, realistic, tangible, corporeal

airy

adjective
1. Of or relating to air:
2. Imposingly high:
3. Exposed to or characterized by the presence of freely circulating air or wind:
4. So light and insubstantial as to resemble air or a thin film:
5. Displaying light-hearted nonchalance:
Informal: corky.
Translations
مَرِح، رَشِيق، رَقَيقمُهَوَّى، مَلِيء بِالهَواء الطَّلْق
lehkomyslnývzdušný
luftigmunterubekymret
jó levegõjû
léttúîugur, kærulausloftgóîur, rúmgóîur

airy

[ˈɛərɪ] ADJ (airier (compar) (airiest (superl)))
1. [room, building] (= spacious) → espacioso, amplio; (= well ventilated) → bien ventilado
2. [fabric, clothing] (= lightweight) → ligero; (= unsubstantial) → etéreo
3. (= careless, light) [remark] → hecho a la ligera; [gesture, wave] → despreocupado
4. (= empty) [idea, generalization] → ligero
he's always full of airy promisessiempre hace promesas a la ligera

airy

[ˈɛəri] adj
(= spacious) [building, room, church] → clair(e) et spacieux/euse
(= casual) [manners, wave] → désinvolte

airy

adj (+er)
roomluftig; to have an airy feel (to it)luftig wirken
(= casual) manner, gesturelässig, nonchalant; (= vague) promisevage; theoryversponnen; (= superior, flippant)blasiert, erhaben
(liter: = immaterial) phantomkörperlos

airy

[ˈɛərɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) (place) → arieggiato/a; (room) → arioso/a; (remark) → superficiale; (manner) → spensierato/a, noncurante

air

() noun
1. the mixture of gases we breathe; the atmosphere. Mountain air is pure.
2. the space above the ground; the sky. Birds fly through the air.
3. appearance. The house had an air of neglect.
4. a tune. She played a simple air on the piano.
verb
1. to expose to the air in order to dry or make more fresh etc. to air linen.
2. to make known. He loved to air his opinions.
ˈairbag noun
a safety bag in a car that protects the driver or a passenger in an accident.
ˈairily adverb
in a light-hearted manner. She airily dismissed all objections.
ˈairiness noun
ˈairing noun
a short walk etc in the open air. She took the baby for an airing.
ˈairless adjective
1. (of weather) still and windless. It was a hot, airless night.
2. (of a room etc) stuffy and without fresh air.
ˈairy adjective
1. with plenty of (fresh) air. an airy room.
2. light-hearted and not serious. an airy disregard for authority.
ˈairborne adjective
in the air or flying. We were airborne five minutes after boarding the plane; airborne germs.
ˌair-conˈditioned adjective
having air-conditioning. an air-conditioned building.
ˌair-conˈditioner noun
an apparatus providing air-conditioning.
ˌair-conˈditioning noun
a method of providing a room, building etc with air of a controlled temperature and humidity.
ˈaircraftplural ˈaircraft noun
any of several types of machine for flying in the air. Enemy aircraft have been sighted.
aircraft carrier
a ship which carries aircraft and which aircraft can use for landing and taking off.
ˈairfield noun
an area of ground (with buildings etc) where (usually military) aircraft are kept and from which they fly.
air force
the part of the armed services which uses aircraft. the army, navy and air force.
ˈair-gun noun
a gun that is worked by air under pressure.
air hostess
a young woman who looks after passengers in an aircraft.
air letter
a letter sent by airmail.
ˈairlift noun
an operation to move cargo or people, carried out by air.
ˈairline noun
(a company that owns) a regular air transport service. Which airline are you travelling by?
ˈairliner noun
a (usually large) aircraft for carrying passengers.
ˈair-lock noun
a bubble in a pipe which prevents liquid from flowing along it.
ˈairmail noun
a system of carrying mail by air. Send this parcel by airmail; (also adjective) an airmail letter.
ˈairman noun
a member of an air force.
ˈair pollution noun
Air pollution is caused by smoke, toxic gases etc.
ˈairplane noun
(American) an aeroplane.
ˈairport noun
a place where passenger aircraft arrive and depart, with buildings for customs, waiting-rooms etc.
ˈair-pump noun
a pump for forcing air in or out of something.
ˈair-raid noun
an attack by aircraft.
ˈairship noun
an aircraft that is lighter than air and can be steered etc.
ˈairtight adjective
(of a container etc) into or through which air cannot pass. an airtight seal on a bottle.
ˈairway noun
a regular course followed by aircraft.
on the air
broadcasting (regularly) on radio or television.
put on airs / give oneself airs
to behave as if one is better or more important than others. She gives herself such airs that everyone dislikes her.
References in classic literature ?
Hither, hither, from thy home, Airy sprite, I bid thee come
It is a big, airy room, the whole floor nearly, with windows that look all ways, and air and sunshine galore.
The foundation of their airy castles lay already before them in the strip of rich alluvium on the river bank, where the North Fork, sharply curving round the base of Devil's Spur, had for centuries swept the detritus of gulch and canyon.
A gentleman alighted; but it was only to offer his hand to a young girl whose slender figure, nowise needing such assistance, now lightly descended the steps, and made an airy little jump from the final one to the sidewalk.
This airy hall, therefore, over the Collector's apartments, remains unfinished to this day, and, in spite of the aged cobwebs that festoon its dusky beams, appears still to await the labour of the carpenter and mason.
There was accommodation for many horses and carriages; but I need only describe the stable into which I was taken; this was very roomy, with four good stalls; a large swinging window opened into the yard, which made it pleasant and airy.
On the contrary, an airy and innocent playfulness seemed to flicker like the shadow of summer leaves over her childish face, and around her buoyant figure.
This was an airy slim boy in shrimp-colored tights that made him look like a forked carrot, the rest of his gear was blue silk and dainty laces and ruffles; and he had long yellow curls, and wore a plumed pink satin cap tilted complacently over his ear.
And then one by one they got up and stood, and went a-weaving around the ring so gentle and wavy and graceful, the men looking ever so tall and airy and straight, with their heads bobbing and skimming along, away up there under the tent-roof, and every lady's rose-leafy dress flapping soft and silky around her hips, and she looking like the most loveliest parasol.
This course was strictly followed by bench after bench as Driscoll traveled in his tumultuous and airy flight toward the door; so he left behind him an ever-lengthening wake of raging and plunging and fighting and swearing humanity.
In the fair city of this vision, there were airy galleries from which the loves and graces looked upon him, gardens in which the fruits of life hung ripening, waters of Hope that sparkled in his sight.
Though there was nothing very airy about Miss Murdstone, she was a perfect Lark in point of getting up.