earthbound

1

or earth-bound

[urth-bound]

adjective

firmly set in or attached to the earth.
limited to the earth or its surface.
having only earthly interests.
lacking in imagination or sophistication: earthbound prose.

Origin of earthbound

1
First recorded in 1595–1605; earth + -bound1

earthbound

2

or earth-bound

[urth-bound]

adjective

headed for the earth: an earthbound meteorite.

Origin of earthbound

2
First recorded in 1930–35; earth + -bound2
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Examples from the Web for earthbound

Contemporary Examples of earthbound

Historical Examples of earthbound

  • Can we charter a plane to haul our Earthbound cargo out of Marsport?

    Atom Drive

    Charles Louis Fontenay

  • Every railroad journey found him wandering like an earthbound spirit between his seat and the luggage van.

  • Moreover, it's appropriate; but I'm down here, you know, earthbound and extremely mortal.

    The Portal of Dreams

    Charles Neville Buck

  • Eusebius goes so far as to believe that ‘earthbound spirits’ do speak through the medium, but a much simpler theory is obvious.

  • That, outside of fairy books, an earthbound being could actually be in a cloud, was beyond my imagination.

    A Woman Tenderfoot

    Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson



British Dictionary definitions for earthbound

earthbound

adjective

confined to the earth
lacking in imagination; pedestrian or dull
moving or heading towards the earth
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