adjective \ˈər-thē, -thē\

: suggesting earth or soil in texture, odor, color, etc.

: practical and straightforward : open and direct

: plain and simple in style


Full Definition of EARTHY

a :  of, relating to, or consisting of earth <earthy creatures like worms>
b :  suggestive of earth (as in texture, odor, or color) <an earthy yellow>
c :  rough, coarse, or plain in taste <earthy flavors>
a archaic :  earthly, worldly
b :  characteristic of or associated with mortal life on the earth <prefers earthy to ethereal themes>
:  suggestive of plain or poor people or their ways: as
a :  practical, down-to-earth <earthy problems of daily life>
b :  crude, gross <earthy humor>
c :  plain and simple in style :  unsophisticated <earthy peasant cookery> <earthy decor>
earth·i·ness noun

Examples of EARTHY

  1. a blend of earthy colors
  2. The wine had an earthy flavor.
  3. Critics were impressed by the movie's earthy realism.
  4. food made with simple, earthy ingredients

First Known Use of EARTHY

14th century

Rhymes with EARTHY

EARTHIER Defined for Kids


adjective \ˈər-thē\

Definition of EARTHY for Kids

:  of or like earth <an earthy smell> <earthy colors>
:  open and direct <Voters like the mayor's earthy manner.>
:  not polite :  crude <earthy humor>


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