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AIRY (airier, airiest)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does airy mean? 

AIRY (adjective)
  The adjective AIRY has 4 senses:

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

  Familiarity information: AIRY used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


AIRY (adjective)


Sense 1airy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Open to or abounding in fresh air

Synonyms:

aired; airy

Context example:

airy rooms

Similar:

ventilated (exposed to air)


Sense 2airy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not practical or realizable; speculative

Synonyms:

visionary; windy; Laputan; impractical; airy

Context examples:

airy theories about socioeconomic improvement / visionary schemes for getting rich

Similar:

utopian (characterized by or aspiring to impracticable perfection)


Sense 3airy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having little or no perceptible weight; so light as to resemble air

Context example:

airy gauze curtains

Similar:

light (of comparatively little physical weight or density)


Sense 4airy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Characterized by lightness and insubstantiality; as impalpable or intangible as air

Synonyms:

aery; ethereal; aeriform; aerial; airy

Context examples:

figures light and aeriform come unlooked for and melt away / aerial fancies / an airy apparition / physical rather than ethereal forms

Similar:

insubstantial; unreal; unsubstantial (lacking material form or substance; unreal)


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