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earthy

[ur-thee] /ˈɜr θi/
adjective, earthier, earthiest.
1.
of the nature of or consisting of earth or soil.
2.
characteristic of earth:
an earthy smell.
3.
realistic; practical.
4.
coarse or unrefined:
an earthy sense of humor.
5.
direct; robust; unaffected:
an earthy, generous woman.
6.
(of a mineral) having a dull luster and rough to the touch.
7.
Archaic. worldly; pertaining to the earth.
Origin of earthy
1350-1400
First recorded in 1350-1400, earthy is from the Middle English word erthy. See earth, -y1
Related forms
earthily, adverb
earthiness, noun
Can be confused
earthly, earthy (see synonym study at earthly)
Synonyms
4. lusty, rough.
Antonyms
4. genteel, refined.
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Examples from the Web for earthiness
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  • She was an Egeria who hovered above him, gently smiling at his earthiness.

    The Confounding of Camelia Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • His passion is often impious in its earthiness; his yearning, sacrilege.

    Paul Verlaine Stefan Zweig
  • In spite of this earthiness, it still has its fanciful abstractions.

  • I do not really care how the naturalists maltreat language, but I do strenuously object to the earthiness of their ideas.

    L-bas J. K. Huysmans
  • They divest objects of their earthiness by bold simplifications, and transform reality into dreamland.

  • She may be mortal woman—bless her—and have made mistakes; but theyre the mistakes of flame; not of earthiness.

    Adrienne Toner Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • The spring air in Green River had been full of sweet moisture and earthiness from these steaming meadow-lands.

    Jane Field Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
British Dictionary definitions for earthiness

earthy

/ˈɜːθɪ/
adjective earthier, earthiest
1.
of, composed of, or characteristic of earth
2.
robust, lusty, or uninhibited
3.
unrefined, coarse, or crude
4.
an archaic word for worldly (sense 1)
5.
(electrical engineering) on the earthed side of an electrical circuit, but not necessarily with a direct current connection to earth
Derived Forms
earthily, adverb
earthiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for earthiness

earthy

adj.

1550s, from earth + -y (2). Figurative sense of "coarse, unrefined" is from 1590s. Related: Earthiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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