Definitions

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  • adv. In an airy manner; lightly; gaily; jauntily; flippantly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In an airy manner; lightly; gaily; jauntily; flippantly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In an airy or gay manner; gaily; jauntily.
  • Lightly; delicately: as, airily wrought details.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in a flippant manner

Etymologies

airy +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • All he has to do, says Minister of Foreign Affairs Lawrence Cannon airily, is to persuade the United Nations that he isn't a terrorist.

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  • He stuck it in his belt and turned on his heels, calling airily over his shoulder.

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  • "Not at all," airily: "a well-known aeronaut, who has recently beaten the distance-record, and is looking remarkably well in spite of his advanced years, was among the distinguished guests!"

    Winding Paths

  • "O well," airily, "if you will have it, we were just coming to dig for corpses;" and she tossed her head with an independent air.

    The Rhodesian

  • Frank Smith, the chief priest of Whole Word, airily announced that people can learn 50,000 or even 100,000 sight-words.

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  • An evolutionist may airily assert that the bacterium, by a lot of intermittent steps, has gained a “little hair” to move about with, so that it will have a better chance of survival than its kind.

    Modern Science in the Bible

  • Any failures that popped up were airily dismissed because Klein was fine-tuning the mechanism.

    Joel Klein's snow job

  • The heavy brogans on the man's feet made him appear clumsy-footed, but he swung down from the giddy height as lightly and airily as a mountain goat.

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  • Then the canopy of heaven became a mighty loom, wherein imperial purple and deep sea-green blended, wove, and interwove, with blazing woof and flashing warp, till the most delicate of tulles, fluorescent and bewildering, was daintily and airily shaken in the face of the astonished night.

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  • True, he has had some huge upheavals in his personal life over the summer, but even before that colleagues were complaining that he took so much time off, and delegated too airily.

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