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earthy

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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.
  3. realistic; practical.
  4. coarse or unrefined: an earthy sense of humor.
  5. direct; robust; unaffected: an earthy, generous woman.
  6. (of a mineral) having a dull luster and rough to the touch.
  7. Archaic. worldly; pertaining to the earth.
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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)

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4. lusty, rough.

Antonyms

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


British Dictionary definitions for earthy

earthy

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

adj.

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

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