earthling

[ urth-ling ]
/ ˈɜrθ lɪŋ /

noun

an inhabitant of earth; mortal.

Nearby words

  1. earthborn,
  2. earthbound,
  3. earthen,
  4. earthenware,
  5. earthlight,
  6. earthly,
  7. earthman,
  8. earthmover,
  9. earthmoving,
  10. earthnut

Origin of earthling

First recorded in 1585–95; earth + -ling1

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British Dictionary definitions for earthling

earthling

/ (ˈɜːθlɪŋ) /

noun

(esp in poetry or science fiction) an inhabitant of the earth; human being

Word Origin for earthling

C16: from earth + ling 1

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Word Origin and History for earthling

earthling

n.

Old English yrþling "plowman" (see earth + -ling); the sense of "inhabitant of the earth" is from 1590s. Earthman was originally (1860) "a demon who lives in the earth;" science fiction sense of "inhabitant of the planet Earth" first attested 1949 in writing of Robert Heinlein. Earlier in this sense was earthite (1825).

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