Origin of earthling
Examples from the Web for earthling
When, with several of them, he returned to the village, the Earthling was gone.
The others tied the Earthling up and threw him into one of the huts.
They took the Earthling out with them, then, and tied him to a tree.
The Earthling looked off, unseeing, into a far corner of the room.Adaptation
Dallas McCord Reynolds
"Ggaran, you explain it to the Earthling," said His Effulgence.Upstarts
L. J. Stecher
- (esp in poetry or science fiction) an inhabitant of the earth; human being
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).