Definition of airless in English:



  • 1Stuffy; not ventilated.

    ‘a dusty, airless basement’
    • ‘In the tenements of the Bend - three, four, and five stories each - families and solitary lodgers, who paid five cents apiece for floor space, crowded together in airless cubicles.’
    • ‘In real life, my family and I were shuffled off to a cramped, airless, plasticky holding area and offered cheap pastries and instant coffee.’
    • ‘Though it has no porthole and is cramped and airless, it is comfortable, with clean white bedlinen, table reading lamps and the inevitable Chinese thermos flasks.’
    • ‘Because who would spend that day in an airless cubicle or on the 8:30 to Denver?’
    • ‘I was in the airless room for an hour, putting the enormous pile of records into numerical order, stuffing them inside their correct folders.’
    • ‘After the ceremony, we all bypassed the sunshine and strawberries of our respective department receptions and brought our families down into an airless, windowless basement office.’
    • ‘More than a dozen ministers, advisers and party officials packed the airless ante-room next to the conference chamber on London's Victoria Street, but only two voices dominated the conversation.’
    • ‘While they have valiantly tried to make the incarceration more tolerable by painting murals and flags on the outside walls, by planting gardens and decorating their airless rooms, nothing can disguise the palpable air of despair.’
    • ‘Fifteen years ago on a warm August night in an airless Edinburgh basement, this newspaper was born.’
    • ‘After a cold dinner of egg sandwiches by candlelight we turned in early to our stuffy, airless rooms at 9.30 pm, exhausted.’
    • ‘The ‘office’ was a dour, airless place, with bulletproof glass screens protecting the two women who were processing the queue.’
    • ‘The hotel was nicely furnished in the Bulgarian communist, baroque style, completely airless without any windows open and extremely hot and uncomfortable inside.’
    • ‘It was a line-up with colourful opinions that frequently clashed, but after a migraine-inducing day in the airless basement of a London hotel, a shortlist of 10 was produced.’
    • ‘The further the tube goes underground the more airless and muggy it becomes and I am grateful for papers to read.’
    • ‘By contrast the house was stuffy and airless and I repaired to my garden chair, Dolly and Harry following on behind.’
    • ‘That was understandable; it was in a military court at the Royal Air Force base in Uxbridge, Middlesex, in an airless room with a judge sitting at a table at one end of the room, and a gaggle of journalists sitting at the other.’
    • ‘My siblings and I dreaded setting foot in it, especially in the dead of winter, since it was lightless, airless, cold, like a kind of place where all the unwanted things of life came to rest.’
    • ‘While some of the group are consigned to cramped, noisy, airless basement cells, we languish in our very own mini-suite, with polished panelling and heavy traditional furniture, all in rich dark woods.’
    • ‘I wish this office wasn't so stuffy and airless.’
    • ‘I love good food, good company, music, and the outdoors (ironic, as this is being typed up at a computer terminal in an airless building!)’
    stuffy, close, stifling, suffocating, breathless, sultry, muggy, fuggy, stale, humid, oppressive
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    1. 1.1 Without wind or breeze; still.
      ‘a hot, airless night’
      • ‘Our three invalids, though, in spite of languishing in the shade and in one of the few airless parts of the front garden, produce plenty of blooms that are simply too beautiful to destroy.’
      • ‘I sat at home and watched him give evidence to the foreign affairs select committee on an airless summer's day in July 2003.’
      • ‘I am sitting, on a warm, airless night, at a table on the dark side of a Roman piazza.’
      • ‘I am writing this column by candlelight, and in the encircling gloom outside I can hear a few generators disturbing the otherwise still and airless night with their thudding din.’
      • ‘To his surprise, it started to become humid and airless.’