airy-fairy

[air-ee-fair-ee]
adjective
1.
Informal.
a.
delicate or lovely: an airy-fairy actress; an airy-fairy nightgown.
b.
not based on reality or concerned with mundane affairs; unrealistic: airy-fairy ideas about spending a fortune that isn't even his.
2.
Slang. effeminate; swishy.

Origin:
perhaps orig. in the phrase “airy, fairy Lilian” in Tennyson's poem “Lilian” (1830)

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airy-fairy (ˈɛərɪˈfɛərɪ)
 
adj
1.  informal fanciful and unrealistic: an airy-fairy scheme
2.  delicate to the point of being insubstantial; light
 
[C19: from Tennyson's poem Lillian (1830), where the central figure is described as "Airy, fairy Lillian"]

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  1. mod.
    insubstantial; of wishful thinking. : I don't care to hear any more of your airy-fairy ideas.
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