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adjective,earth·i·er, earth·i·est.
  1. of the nature of or consisting of earth or soil.

  2. characteristic of earth: an earthy smell.

  1. realistic; practical.

  2. coarse or unrefined: an earthy sense of humor.

  3. direct; robust; unaffected: an earthy, generous woman.

  4. (of a mineral) having a dull luster and rough to the touch.

  5. Archaic. worldly; pertaining to the earth.

Origin of earthy

First recorded in 1350–1400, earthy is from the Middle English word erthy.See earth, -y1

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Opposites for earthy

Other words from earthy

  • earth·i·ly, adverb
  • earth·i·ness, noun

Words that may be confused with earthy

Words Nearby earthy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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British Dictionary definitions for earthy


/ (ˈɜːθɪ) /

adjectiveearthier or earthiest
  1. of, composed of, or characteristic of earth

  2. robust, lusty, or uninhibited

  1. unrefined, coarse, or crude

  2. an archaic word for worldly (def. 1)

  3. electrical engineering on the earthed side of an electrical circuit, but not necessarily with a direct current connection to earth

Derived forms of earthy

  • earthily, adverb
  • earthiness, noun

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