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


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  • Merriam-Webster Dictionary:


    Date: 1850

    1.chiefly British : delicate fairylike

    2.chiefly British : lacking substance or purpose

    not practical or not useful in real situations

    February 3, 2008