American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One that is insubstantial or impractical: "They'd wanted him for Ambassador in Paris but he'd turned it down; he'd no patience with the airy-fairies” ( John le Carré).
- adj. Insubstantial or impractical: "You are talking about some airy fairy concept which will never come in my lifetime” ( Margaret Thatcher).
“We found a couple that were not too touristy and not of the airy-fairy, fluffy-bunny variety, which was refreshing.”
“I recommend you find a qualified legal advisor for definitive answers to your questions, if such people do, in fact, exist outside my fantasies. just recall Alaska being pretty airy-fairy when it came to the letter of the law, or anything else.”
“This is not to say that I believe in airy-fairy notions of spirit, but I'm willing to pretend, as an expedient fiction, that my id and your id and all the ids coded into artworks throughout our culture form an ... aesthetic-behavioural system of sorts.”
“He dropped the airy-fairy visionary verbiage and talked turkey.”
“Even the title had a Rayner story lurking behind it: "Now with wings" was the slogan used to promote a new sanitary towel with flaps in the 80s, one of only two TV commercials she ever agreed to do – because, as Sandi Toksvig explained, Claire was fed up with "airy-fairy adverts with women leaping around in trousers or diving into swimming pools".”
“Whenever he was feeling surly, which was often, Bo liked to ask his wife what the hell she thought she was doing, wasting her time with all this airy-fairy, futuristic crap.”
“Your reference to airy-fairy notions like citizen so-called “happiness” are laughably off topic.”
“There is a good idea there, but it's being presented in such an airy-fairy "Hey, wouldn't it be great to explore!" way that I simply can't buy it.”
“Any benefit that is not delivered to the voters in the next six months is irrelevent – because the Republicans will make big gains in November and render your airy-fairy social engineering moot.”
“This place is infested with airy-fairy English Lit failures and yet I – an engineer — have to do the Critical Analysis?”
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Whut. Huh. Make it quick, I's gotsta go TV or whatever. Huh? That's too brainy.
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