Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or having the constitution of air.
  • adj. High in the air; lofty.
  • adj. Open to the air: airy chambers.
  • adj. Performed in the air; aerial.
  • adj. Immaterial; illusory: an airy apparition.
  • adj. Speculative, impractical, or vacuous: airy theories about socioeconomic improvement.
  • adj. Light or delicate: an airy dress.
  • adj. Haughty or affected: dismissed us with an airy wave of the hand.
  • adj. Light-hearted; merry: an airy mood.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Consisting of air; as, an airy substance; the airy parts of bodies.
  • adj. Relating or belonging to air; high in air; aerial; as, an airy flight.
  • adj. Open to a free current of air; exposed to the air; breezy; as, an airy situation.
  • adj. Resembling air; thin; unsubstantial; not material; airlike.
  • adj. Relating to the spirit or soul; delicate; graceful; as, airy music.
  • adj. Without reality; having no solid foundation; empty; trifling; visionary.
  • adj. Light of heart; vivacious; sprightly; flippant; superficial.
  • adj. Having an affected manner; being in the habit of putting on airs; affectedly grand.
  • adj. Having the light and aerial tints true to nature.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Consisting of air
  • adj. Relating or belonging to air; high in air; aërial.
  • adj. Open to a free current of air; exposed to the air; breezy.
  • adj. Resembling air; thin; unsubstantial; not material; airlike.
  • adj. Relating to the spirit or soul; delicate; graceful.
  • adj. Without reality; having no solid foundation; empty; trifling; visionary.
  • adj. Light of heart; vivacious; sprightly; flippant; superficial.
  • adj. Having an affected manner; being in the habit of putting on airs; affectedly grand.
  • adj. Having the light and aërial tints true to nature.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Consisting of or having the character of air; immaterial; ethereal.
  • Relating or belonging to the air; being in the air; aërial.
  • Open to a free current of air; breezy: as, an airy situation.
  • Light as air; intangible; unsubstantial; empty; unreal; flimsy: as, airy ghosts.
  • Visionary; speculative: as, airy notions; an airy metaphysician.
  • Graceful; delicate.
  • Light in manner or movement; sprightly; gay; lively.
  • Jaunty; full of airs; affectedly lofty; pretentious.
  • In painting, showing that proper recession of all parts which expresses distance and atmosphere.
  • n. An old and better spelling of aery.
  • n. A provincial form of area.

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

  • adj. open to or abounding in fresh air
  • adj. having little or no perceptible weight; so light as to resemble air
  • adj. characterized by lightness and insubstantiality; as impalpable or intangible as air
  • adj. not practical or realizable; speculative

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  • I would agree with this, rolig, if the expressionairy-fairy weren't so common amoungst Bay Area cynics.

    October 10, 2008

  • Ethereal but without the mumbo-jumbo. See Skipvia's list Free Association.

    October 6, 2008