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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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  • It had an earthy, insipid taste, and is described as "unctuous."

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British Dictionary definitions for earthy

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 earthy
adj.

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

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