an airy strain

roue

Member
Russian
Hello, dear forum,

I am not sure if I understand the meaning of this expression right. Would "a cheerful tune" be its synonym?

Thank you
 
  • Nunty

    Modified
    Hebrew-US English (bilingual)
    Welcome to the forums, roue. :)

    One of the things we require here is that you give the full sentence in which the phrase was found, along with a little background and context. That will help us make sure we're giving good information.

    Thank you.
     

    roue

    Member
    Russian
    Hello, Nunty,

    The whole sentence goes like this: "He hummed an airy strain as he blackened the tip of his nose. And it comes from a comic novel written by P. G. Wodehouse. The story is full of good-natured and eccentiric characters enduring some funny complications to reach the happy ending.
     

    Strelitzian

    Senior Member
    English
    Ah yeah, typical Wodehouse. Yeah, you've got it right. Wodehouse is infamous for using phrases like that in his books.

    I supposed "strain" is from phrases like "the strains of music", and "airy" has always been taken to mean "light [heartedness]" and so forth.
     
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