Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “airy-fairy”

airy-fairy

adjective uk   /ˌeə.riˈfeə.ri/ us    /ˌer.iˈfer.i/ UK informal
not practical or not based on the situation as it really is: She's talking about buying an old castle in Ireland. It all sounds a bit airy-fairy to me.Useless and futile
(Definition of airy-fairy from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of airy-fairy?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Useless and futile, but you might be interested in these topics from the Using and not using topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Translations of “airy-fairy”

Word of the Day

sling

to throw or drop something carelessly

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More