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See also: Airy
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈɛəɹ.i/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɛəɹ.i/
Audio (Southern England) (file)
- Rhymes: -ɛəɹi
- Consisting of air.
- an airy substance; the airy parts of bodies
- Relating or belonging to air; high in air; aerial.
- an airy flight
- Open to a free current of air; exposed to the air; breezy.
- 1958, Anthony Burgess, The Enemy in the Blanket (The Malayan Trilogy), published 1972, page 255:
- It was a good solid house, fanless but airy.
- an airy situation
- Resembling air; thin; unsubstantial; not material; airlike.
- 1977 July 10, Jim Shooter, “Beware the Ant-Man!”, in Avengers, volume 1, number 161, panel 5, Marvel Comics, page 14:
- Neither diamond-hardness nor airy intangibility can save you from this, the searing agony of death!
- Relating to the spirit or soul; delicate; graceful.
- airy music
- Not based on reality; having no solid foundation
- 1859 December 13, Charles Dickens, “The Ghost in Master B’s Room”, in Charles Dickens, editor, The Haunted House. The Extra Christmas Number of All the Year Round […], volume II, London: […] C. Whiting, […], →OCLC, page 30:
- 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.
- light-hearted; vivacious
- Having an affected manner; being in the habit of putting on airs; affectedly grand.
- (painting) Having the light and aerial tints true to nature.
- (of a room or building) Spacious, well lit, well ventilated.
- 2020 December 2, Andy Coward, “New-look Reading is willing and able”, in Rail, page 59:
- The station has a bright and airy feel and the refurbishment works have provided a modern and inviting station environment for passengers.
- (consisting of air): aereous
- (resembling air): aereous; See also Thesaurus:insubstantial or Thesaurus:gaseous
- (relating to the spirit or soul): ethereal
- (not based on reality): empty, trifling, visionary
- (light-hearted; vivacious): flippant, sprightly, superficial; See also Thesaurus:active or Thesaurus:carefree
- (having an affected manner): See also Thesaurus:arrogant
breezy, in an airy situation
light of heart, superficial