airy fairy

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Coined by Alfred, Lord Tennyson in his 1830 poem Lilian.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

airy fairy (comparative more airy fairy, superlative most airy fairy)

  1. insubstantial
  2. impractical

Quotations[edit]

  • 1830, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Lilian:
    Airy, fairy Lilian,¶ Flitting, fairy Lilian,¶ When I ask her if she love me,¶ Claps her tiny hands above me

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