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Airiness

noun
1.
The property of something spacious and abounding in fresh air.
2.
The property of something weightless and insubstantial.  Synonym: buoyancy.
3.
Lightness in movement or manner.  Synonym: delicacy.






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"Airiness" Quotes from Famous Books



... dismissing the subject with airiness somewhat exaggerated, drew out his huge gilt snuffbox. The snow was now falling more thickly, drawing a white and fleecy veil between the two upon the road and the story-teller and his audience beneath the distant elm. "Are you for Williamsburgh?" demanded the Highlander, when he ...
— Audrey • Mary Johnston

... how you liked my hat," she said, with another attempt at the airiness which, to-day, she could not command. "And you didn't say. I guess you haven't looked at it. You're ...
— Maurice Guest • Henry Handel Richardson

... ten inches in length; the whole head, neck and under parts are black; the back, wings and tail are slaty and the under tail coverts are white. Their dainty figure with their long slender wings gives them a grace and airiness, if possible, superior to other species of the family. They are very active and besides feeding upon all manner of marine crustacea, they capture many insects in the air. They nest in large colonies in marshes, both along the coast ...
— The Bird Book • Chester A. Reed

... and he abode by his resolution. He met her once or twice, always in other company. And she was always then particularly gay, particularly airy, particularly bantering. But answering her banter he once caught an expression behind her airiness. He thought, "It is a shield"; and he turned away abruptly from her. He could not ...
— If Winter Comes • A.S.M. Hutchinson



Words linked to "Airiness" :   roominess, delicacy, spaciousness, lightness, commodiousness, airy, life, weightlessness, capaciousness, buoyancy, liveliness, sprightliness, spirit



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