Definition of air quotes in English:

air quotes

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noun

informal
  • A pair of quotation marks gestured by a speaker’s fingers in the air, to indicate that what is being said is ironic or mocking, or is not a turn of phrase the speaker would typically employ.
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    • They do straight-up new wave, no air quotes or knowing smirks attached.
    • Mischa even used elaborate air quotes with her fingers.
    • Matt glares back at me, angered by both my comment and the air quotes I added around the word.

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