Definitions

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  • adverb In a airless manner; without air.

Etymologies

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air + -less + -ly

Examples

  • So Wenger should be allowed to lose in his own way: neatly, profitably, perhaps a little airlessly, polishing in private his own fiscally calibrated triumphs, parading his balance sheet around the deserted streets on his one‑man open top bus.

    Arsenal's failure to win trophies is not down to faint hearts | Barney Ronay

  • Far be it from me to pick a fight with someone who I am sure agrees with me most of the time, about most things ... but JayAckroyd's remark that Cheney's long-standing desire to raise up presidential power and humble congressional power means "it is really not completely crazy to be talking about impeachment" is almost airlessly silly.

    White House Debating Whether To Announce "Intention" To Begin Withdrawing From Iraq Someday

  • Without Mary the church would be suffocatingly male, airlessly abstract.

    My Eve, My Mary

  • Perfectly comfortable it was, and clean with the hard cleanness that keeps oilcloth looking perpetually unused, but it was so airlessly respectable that it doubled Carl's natural restlessness.

    The Trail of the Hawk A Comedy of the Seriousness of Life

  • I saw Jones, then Frank, both waving their arms, then Moze and Sounder running wildly, airlessly about.

    The Last of the Plainsmen

  • Unlike McSweeney's, though, which is airlessly ironic and alienating even to its fans, Lucky Peach is powered by the fiery ardor and violent attachments of its presiding spirit.

    TIME.com: Top Stories

  • Unlike McSweeney's, though, which is airlessly ironic and alienating even to its fans, Lucky Peach is powered by the fiery ardor and violent attachments of its presiding spirit.

    TIME.com: Top Stories

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