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

  • My anger and disgust at his gross earthy egoism had vanished.

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    W. H. Hudson

  • He was, however, an individual of earthy hue, with precocious wrinkles.

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    Gina Lombroso-Ferrero

  • The appearance of these two girls in this earthy family was anomalous.

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    Robert Herrick

  • All about the air swam with pleasant, heated, drowsy, earthy odors.

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    Robert Herrick

  • It had an earthy, insipid taste, and is described as "unctuous."

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