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earthling

[urth-ling]
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noun
  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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Examples from the Web for earthling

Historical Examples

  • When, with several of them, he returned to the village, the Earthling was gone.

    Happy Ending

    Fredric Brown

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

    Happy Ending

    Fredric Brown

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

    Happy Ending

    Fredric Brown

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for earthling

earthling

noun
  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

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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