Definition of airy in English:

airy

Syllabification: air·y
Pronunciation: /ˈe(ə)rē
 
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adjective (airier, airiest)

  • 1(Of a room or building) spacious, well lit, and well ventilated.
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    • The old ginger wine storage facility has been divided into spacious, airy rooms with stylish features such as Spanish wood doors and window frames and brightly coloured original beams.
    • Original - featured cave, real mud floors, open fire, bright airy rooms and fantastic views.
    • The room is light, airy, spacious and bright with sweeping stairs leading up to the lounge [Lounge] area.
    Synonyms
    well ventilated, fresh; spacious, uncluttered; light, bright
  • 1.1Delicate, as though filled with or made of air: airy clouds
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    • A fine, floating, airy thing they called cloud.
    • Sea-urchin roe also accompanies refreshing slices of hamachi, their airy delicacy highlighted by a spry sprinkling of sour-plum vinaigrette.
    • The first thing you notice in the garden centre is the delicate, airy foliage.
    Synonyms
    delicate, soft, fine, feathery, insubstantial
  • 1.2Giving an impression of light gracefulness and elegance: her airy presence filled the house
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    • They have an airy grace and elegance that, to me, symbolises all that is beautiful about oriental gardens.
    • The production features dance and live music played by the company, a genuine Broadway fortepiano and sumptuous period costumes, all presented within a light and airy set.
    • Amos has kept the tracks light and airy, enhancing the always-attractive melodies with carefully layered vocal arrangements and often applying an arresting twist of processed funkiness.
  • 2Giving an impression of being unconcerned or not serious, typically about something taken seriously by others: her airy unconcern for economy
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    • Its driver, insouciant about having one more dent to add to the several he had already accumulated, waved an airy palm of instant forgiveness.
    • But I can say with a good conscience and an airy wave of the hand that if you have a different opinion we can all just try our best and in time the truth will emerge.
    • I commanded, gesturing him forward with an airy wave of my arm.
    Synonyms
    nonchalant, casual, breezy, flippant, insouciant, heedless

Derivatives

airiness

noun
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  • The overall effect is spare, spacious, uncluttered corners and a dim airiness suggesting not a vacuum but the unchallenged resilience of colonial attitudes, the finality of officialdom.
  • The installation is a combination of airiness and heaviness; the wadding is associated with warmth and the lead buttons with weight.
  • It has big, deep glazing, because that provides greater airiness and a better view.

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