Synonyms for air

Grammar : Noun, verb
Spell : air
Phonetic Transcription : ɛər

Top 10 synonyms for air Other synonyms for the word air

Définition of air

Origin :
  • c.1300, "invisible gases that make up the atmosphere," from Old French air "atmosphere, breeze, weather" (12c.), from Latin aerem (nominative aer) "air, lower atmosphere, sky," from Greek aer (genitive aeros) "air" (related to aenai "to blow, breathe"), of unknown origin, possibly from a base *awer- and thus related to aeirein "to raise" and arteria "windpipe, artery" (see aorta) on notion of "lifting, that which rises." In Homer mostly "thick air, mist;" later "air" as one of the four elements.
  • Words for "air" in Indo-European languages tend to be associated with wind, brightness, sky. In English, air Replaced native lyft, luft (see loft (n.)). To be in the air "in general awareness" is from 1875; up in the air "uncertain, doubtful" is from 1752. To build castles in the air is from 1590s (in 17c. English had airmonger "one preoccupied with visionary projects"). Broadcasting sense (e.g. on the air) first recorded 1927. To give (someone) the air "dismiss" is from 1900. Air pollution is attested by 1870.
  • noun gases forming the atmosphere
  • noun distinctive quality or character; style
  • noun musical tune
  • verb put into the atmosphere; freshen
  • verb express opinion publicly
Example sentences :
  • Mrs. Higbee hovered near him with an air of proud ownership.
  • Extract from : « The Spenders » by Harry Leon Wilson
  • He sat down in a chair, and stretched out his legs, with an air of being at home.
  • Extract from : « Brave and Bold » by Horatio Alger
  • His senses breathed the air of her perfect and compelling femininity.
  • Extract from : « The Spenders » by Harry Leon Wilson
  • He had the air of laying at her feet, as a rug, the whole glorious history of France.
  • Extract from : « The Spenders » by Harry Leon Wilson
  • We let the air pass through our closed teeth and we write down "S."
  • Extract from : « Ancient Man » by Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • To Kate, for instance, she was a necessity of existence, like light or air.
  • Extract from : « Malbone » by Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • He has an air, it is true, but his air is not a breeze, like the air of a pretender to fashion.
  • Extract from : « Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. 327 » by Various
  • "Nonsense," he laughed, with the air of a man certain of his facts.
  • Extract from : « Viviette » by William J. Locke
  • It was quite cool there, very dark, and the air came in through two windows.
  • Extract from : « Way of the Lawless » by Max Brand
  • Fortunately, there was just then a flood of evening sunshine in the air.
  • Extract from : « A Select Party (From "Mosses From An Old Manse") » by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Antonyms for air

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