coarse or unrefined: an earthy sense of humor.
direct; robust; unaffected: an earthy, generous woman.
(of a mineral) having a dull luster and rough to the touch.
Archaic. worldly; pertaining to the earth.
- earth·i·ly, adverb
- earth·i·ness, noun
- earthly, earthy
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How to use earthy in a sentence
Here, they’re boosted with mezcal and elderflower for a bright and earthy brew.Smaller bowl, same punch: Scaling down New Year’s drinks for one or two | M. Carrie Allan | December 18, 2020 | Washington Post
What her various tacos share is a delicious trio of soft corn tortillas and garnishes of chopped raw onion and earthy cilantro.Taqueria Xochi serves mouthwatering Mexican food from a tiny U Street storefront | Tom Sietsema | December 18, 2020 | Washington Post
The presentation is festive and elegant, and each bite-size piece is a sensation of sweet, earthy, fresh, chewy and creamy.Figs stuffed with goat cheese are the low-effort, high-flavor appetizer you need | Ellie Krieger | December 17, 2020 | Washington Post
Once dug up, it rapidly loses moisture and that mesmerizing earthy essence.‘The Mozart of fungi’: For ages, truffle hunting has been one of the most challenging pursuits on earth. Then the pandemic hit | Bernhard Warner | December 12, 2020 | Fortune
This earthy, filling dish is wonderfully flavorful in a flash and completely vegetarian.
These sexual, earthy, animal-human deities really were opposed to everything the early Christians venerated as holy.
The colors were earthy and neutral, and the cuts were impeccably tailored.Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, & Calvin Klein New York Fashion Week | Erin Cunningham | February 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
To stay awake Miles was eating Twizzlers, and Shailene, as usual, was drinking an earthy tea.Exclusive: A Photo Essay on the Making of ‘The Spectacular Now’ | Michael H. Weber, Scott Neustadter | August 8, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
They contrasted earthy creations made from menswear fabrics with occasional sexy, lingerie-inspired pieces.
A more earthy breed of futurists thinks biological engineering will transform cities and save us from extinction.
Thus clothed, he rolled himself several times in the sand, for his body to assume an earthy colour.The Border Rifles | Gustave Aimard
The water drunk was measured, its saline and earthy constituents having been previously ascertained.Domestic Animals | Richard L. Allen
Underfoot Richard could feel dry twigs crack, and he smelt the fresh earthy odor of fern brakes and bird-loved thickets.God Wills It! | William Stearns Davis
Underneath it is yellow; above, a dull, earthy hue: nothing could render that inexplicable shade dust coloured.Toilers of the Sea | Victor Hugo
He could not have lain there long, for the earthy smell would have passed away in a few hours.Dracula | Bram Stoker
British Dictionary definitions for earthy
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
- earthily, adverb
- earthiness, noun
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