down-to-earth

[ doun-too-urth, -tuh- ]
/ ˈdaʊn tuˈɜrθ, -tə- /

adjective

practical and realistic: a down-to-earth person.

Nearby words

  1. down-hearted,
  2. down-home,
  3. down-low,
  4. down-market,
  5. down-the-line,
  6. downbeat,
  7. downburst,
  8. downcast,
  9. downcastly,
  10. downcome

Origin of down-to-earth

First recorded in 1925–30

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British Dictionary definitions for down-to-earth

down-to-earth

adjective

sensible; practical; realistic
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Word Origin and History for down-to-earth

down-to-earth

adj.

also down to earth, as an adjectival phrase, attested from 1932.

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