earth·​bound ˈərth-ˌbau̇nd How to pronounce earthbound (audio)
: fast in or to the soil
earthbound roots
: located on or restricted to land or to the surface of the earth
: bound by earthly interests

Examples of earthbound in a Sentence

a dull and earthbound mind we have too many earthbound worries to speculate on the number of angels who can dance on the head of a pin
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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of earthbound was circa 1616

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Cite this Entry

“Earthbound.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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