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[doun-too-urth, -tuh-]
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  1. practical and realistic: a down-to-earth person.
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Origin of down-to-earth

First recorded in 1925–30

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Related Words for down-to-earth

sensible, hardheaded, pragmatic, no-nonsense, realistic, sober, common, easy, hard, matter-of-fact, mundane, rational, sane, commonsense, unidealistic, unsentimental

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Contemporary Examples of down-to-earth

Historical Examples of down-to-earth

  • Hilliard, the dynamic, down-to-earth leader had taken his place.

  • It was a down-to-earth hot dog with no mystery, no eerieness about it, for which he was grateful.

    The Blue Ghost Mystery

    Harold Leland Goodwin

  • Did his down-to-earth touch account for Updraft's surprising audience appeal?

    The Mind Digger

    Winston Marks

British Dictionary definitions for down-to-earth


  1. 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.

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