adjective, earth·i·er, earth·i·est.

Origin of earthy

First recorded in 1350–1400, earthy is from the Middle English word erthy. See earth, -y1
Related formsearth·i·ly, adverbearth·i·ness, noun
Can be confusedearthly earthy (see synonym study at earthly)

Synonyms for earthy

Antonyms for earthy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for earthy

Contemporary Examples of earthy

Historical Examples of earthy

  • The remains of man, too, add to the earthy coating that covers the face of the globe.

    Man and Nature

    George P. Marsh

  • The earthy moisture of the soil and undergrowth was as the odour of a charnel-house.

    Haviland's Chum

    Bertram Mitford

  • Who would not stay in an earthy paradise ten minutes longer, even though it did make purgatory the hotter afterward?

    The Hoosier Schoolmaster

    Edward Eggleston

  • It hastens the decay of vegetable matter, and the finer comminution of the earthy parts of the soil.

  • It is true that we are in a measure of the earth, earthy; we belong to the world.

    Gospel Doctrine

    Joseph F. Smith

British Dictionary definitions for earthy


adjective earthier or earthiest

of, composed of, or characteristic of earth
robust, lusty, or uninhibited
unrefined, coarse, or crude
an archaic word for worldly (def. 1)
electrical engineering on the earthed side of an electrical circuit, but not necessarily with a direct current connection to earth
Derived Formsearthily, adverbearthiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for earthy

1550s, from earth + -y (2). Figurative sense of "coarse, unrefined" is from 1590s. Related: Earthiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper