airy /ˈæri, ˈɛr-/
1. Consisting of air; as, an airy substance; the airy parts of bodies.
2. Relating or belonging to air; high in air; aërial; as, an airy flight. “The airy region.”
3. Open to a free current of air; exposed to the air; breezy; as, an airy situation.
4. Resembling air; thin; unsubstantial; not material; airlike. “An airy spirit.”
5. Relating to the spirit or soul; delicate; graceful; as, airy music.
6. Without reality; having no solid foundation; empty; trifling; visionary. “Airy fame.”
Empty sound, and airy notions. --Roscommon.
7. Light of heart; vivacious; sprightly; flippant; superficial. “Merry and airy.”
8. Having an affected manner; being in the habit of putting on airs; affectedly grand. [Colloq.]
9. Paint. Having the light and aërial tints true to nature.
adj 1: open to or abounding in fresh air; "airy rooms" [syn: aired]
2: not practical or realizable; speculative; "airy theories
about socioeconomic improvement"; "visionary schemes for
getting rich" [syn: impractical, visionary, Laputan]
3: having little or no perceptible weight; so light as to
resemble air; "airy gauze curtains"
4: characterized by lightness and insubstantiality; as
impalpable or intangible as air; "figures light and
aeriform come unlooked for and melt away"- Thomas Carlyle;
"aerial fancies"; "an airy apparition"; "physical rather
than ethereal forms" [syn: aeriform, aerial, aery, ethereal]
[also: airiest, airier]