[doun-too-urth, -tuh-]


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

Origin of down-to-earth

First recorded in 1925–30

Synonyms for down-to-earth Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for down-to-earth

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



sensible; practical; realistic
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for down-to-earth

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

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