- practical and realistic: a down-to-earth person.
Origin of down-to-earth
First recorded in 1925–30
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hard-headed, sensible, sober, pragmatic.
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Examples from the Web for down-to-earth
(laughter) LAGARDE: And we will have provided real sort of down-to-earth practical value.
In a down-to-earth tone, Xi talked about the “great renewal of the Chinese nation,” but mentioned socialism only once.Xi Jinping and the Princelings Take Power in China
November 15, 2012
Even though he earns up to six figures for certain shows, Skrillex remains one of the more humble, down-to-earth artists in music.Skrillex Invades L.A. to Headline HARD Summer Festival
August 9, 2012
In person, the down-to-earth Marchildon says she saw enough of modeling to be philosophical.Dutch ‘Next Top Model’ Fired for Being Too Fat?
Nadette De Visser
February 9, 2012
I felt betrayed by James—that the affable and down-to-earth person I had done the book with was a fraud.The Vindication of LeBron James
June 1, 2011
Hilliard, the dynamic, down-to-earth leader had taken his place.The Year When Stardust Fell
Raymond F. Jones
It was a down-to-earth hot dog with no mystery, no eerieness about it, for which he was grateful.The Blue Ghost Mystery
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Did his down-to-earth touch account for Updraft's surprising audience appeal?The Mind Digger
- sensible; practical; realistic
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Word Origin and History for down-to-earth
also down to earth, as an adjectival phrase, attested from 1932.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper