Origin of airy-fairyreduplicated, reduplication
- fairylike; graceful; delicate
- affected, mannered, etc.
Origin of airy-fairyas used to connote insubstantiality not realistic; impractical; visionary
also airy fairy Chiefly British Slang
Insubstantial or impractical: “You are talking about some airy fairy concept which will never come in my lifetime” (Margaret Thatcher).
(comparative more airy-fairy, superlative most airy-fairy)
- Alternative form of airy fairy.