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  1. an inhabitant of earth; mortal.
  2. worldling.
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Origin of earthling

First recorded in 1585–95; earth + -ling1
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  • When, with several of them, he returned to the village, the Earthling was gone.

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    Fredric Brown

  • The others tied the Earthling up and threw him into one of the huts.

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    Fredric Brown

  • They took the Earthling out with them, then, and tied him to a tree.

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    Fredric Brown

  • The Earthling looked off, unseeing, into a far corner of the room.


    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • "Ggaran, you explain it to the Earthling," said His Effulgence.


    L. J. Stecher

British Dictionary definitions for earthling


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

C16: from earth + ling 1
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Word Origin and History for earthling


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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