term referring to novice violin and chello players who pretend to play during musical performances in order to impress their parents.
When I was in fourth grade, all I did was air bow. Carolyn is a really good violin player, when I was her age I just air bowed. There were several children air bowing the concert.
by Madison D. April 25, 2007
term for string players bowing in the air (literally). It makes no sound but gives the appearance that the person is playing.
When I got lost on the second page of the orchestra piece, I was air bowing until I could pick it up again.
by ╬AF╬ June 18, 2009
Imitating the actions of playing a violin, to signify lack of sympathy with, and rejection of, whining.
Claire was going on and on about what a hard life she has, and I could only shut her up by air bowing and saying, "My heart pumps lumpy custard for your troubles, Claire."
by Father Ignatius June 19, 2009
An action done by string players, normally as a means of tracking bowings on a page, practicing without making a sound, or goofing off with/demonstrating for your friends.
Last night, I got so confused by the lack of bowings on the page that I had to go back all the way to rehearsal five, air bowing my way toward where I had been. Thankfully, it worked, and I was able to mark in several bowings in the interim.
by yelmid June 18, 2009
term referring to novice violin and chello players who pretend to play during musical performances in order to impress their parents.
When I was in fourth grade, all I did was air bow. Carolyn is a really good violin player, when I was her age I just air bowed. There were several children air bowing the concert.

What a coincidence! I went to the Symphony last night and I was in the audience totally air bowing, and then today I got my Word of the Day and there it was, but wtf they can't even spell cello!
by kiph55 June 18, 2009

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