Definition of airily in English:



  • In a way that shows that one is not treating something as serious; casually.

    ‘he was airily dismissive of the question’
    • ‘Sara asked airily as though the very idea were ridiculous.’
    • ‘Or as he puts it, so airily, so insouciantly: ‘Don't fret, pet.’’
    • ‘‘I don't think it makes a lot of difference,’ said the governor airily.’
    • ‘‘If I switch schools, they're going to have to keep me back a year anyway,’ he stated airily, though he didn't seem too happy about it.’
    • ‘Mostly, they just drive. The tension in the story is acutely realised as the town grows in its awe of her ‘scandalous’ behaviour, an opinion she airily does nothing to dispel.’
    lightly, breezily, flippantly, casually, nonchalantly
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