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airiness

[air-ee-nis] /ˈɛər i nɪs/
noun
1.
openness to the air:
the airiness of a balcony facing the sea.
2.
sprightliness of manner:
a ballet marked by airiness and deft movement.
3.
snobbishness; affectation.
Origin of airiness
1735-1745
1735-45; airy + -ness
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  • But answering her banter he once caught an expression behind her airiness.

    If Winter Comes A.S.M. Hutchinson
  • Stables and neat-houses were the perfection of cleanliness and airiness.

    In the Heart of Vosges Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • They are naked, with scrolls or ribbons wreathed around them, adding to the airiness of their continual dance.

  • The airiness of the walls was a relief to him after the infected room.

    The Mermaid Lily Dougall
  • They are naked, with scrolls or ribbons wreathed round them, adding to the airiness of their continual dance.

    New Italian sketches John Addington Symonds
  • Yet acuteness of psychology is never sacrificed to airiness of style.

    Modernities Horace Barnett Samuel
  • The walls are light in color, while the general effect is one of light and airiness.

  • It is not for me to strive to be wafted away into the airiness of an Angel.

    Glimpses of Bengal Sir Rabindranath Tagore
  • One may see through the branches of a large shingle oak, and it suggests an airiness not common with oaks.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • At the mention of "Ned Napier" the clerk's airiness disappeared.

    The Air Ship Boys H.L. Sayler
British Dictionary definitions for airiness

airiness

/ˈɛərɪnɪs/
noun
1.
the quality or condition of being fresh, light, or breezy
2.
lightness of heart; gaiety
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