Airy Air"y, a. 1. Consisting of air; as, an airy substance; the airy parts of bodies. [1913 Webster]

2. Relating or belonging to air; high in air; a["e]rial; as, an airy flight. ``The airy region.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. Open to a free current of air; exposed to the air; breezy; as, an airy situation. [1913 Webster]

4. Resembling air; thin; unsubstantial; not material; airlike. ``An airy spirit.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. Relating to the spirit or soul; delicate; graceful; as, airy music. [1913 Webster]

6. Without reality; having no solid foundation; empty; trifling; visionary. ``Airy fame.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Empty sound, and airy notions. --Roscommon. [1913 Webster]

7. Light of heart; vivacious; sprightly; flippant; superficial. ``Merry and airy.'' --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

8. Having an affected manner; being in the habit of putting on airs; affectedly grand. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

9. (Paint.) Having the light and a["e]rial tints true to nature. --Elmes. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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