\ ˈər-thē How to pronounce earthy (audio) , -t͟hē How to pronounce earthy (audio) \
earthier; earthiest

Definition of earthy

1a : 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
2a archaic : earthly, worldly
b : characteristic of or associated with mortal life on the earth prefers earthy to ethereal themes
3 : suggestive of plain or poor people or their ways: such 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

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earthiness noun

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Examples of earthy in a Sentence

a blend of earthy colors The wine had an earthy flavor. Critics were impressed by the movie's earthy realism. food made with simple, earthy ingredients
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Recent Examples on the Web Graf Lantz Felt trivet-maker Graf Lantz is now making two styles of organic cotton face masks — one with ear loops and the other with over-the-head straps — in a variety of earthy tones. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Where to get a face mask if you're not a medical worker," 23 May 2020 The bourbon-aged beer complemented the strong, earthy tastes of this course very well. Paul Hodgins,, "Adult Beverages: Beer makes inroads into wine’s world, with mixed results," 6 June 2019 Those pinas are pit-cooked with hot rocks, which imparts earthy, rustic, and sometimes smoky flavors, says Katie Toomey, who oversees Mayawell’s bar with her husband, Adam. Eric Velasco, al, "Mayawell bar familiarizes Birmingham with agave spirits," 12 May 2020 An amaro can be citrusy, herbaceous, floral, coniferous, medicinal, vegetal, earthy, savory, and so on. Al Culliton, Bon Appétit, "How to Find Your Amaro Soulmate (It's Out There!)," 23 Apr. 2020 Because of this, the tunnel smells peculiar and fetid, like a malodorous cheese (think Stilton or Limburger) but with an earthy finish and notes of sweaty socks and horse manure. Madeline Ostrander, Wired, "Want to Study Permafrost? Get It Before It's Gone," 2 May 2020 Wild yeast, whether in beer or wine, can lead to a broad array of aromas and flavors — from tart to earthy to funky. Josh Noel,, "Act Natural is Hopewell Brewing’s wild beer festival that doubles as a natural wine fest," 5 Aug. 2019 Our favorite was the 2016 Uccelliera, rich and tannic, with earthy, lingering flavors of sweet and bitter red fruits. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "Giving Rosso di Montalcino a Second Look," 27 Feb. 2020 Meaty cabbage rolls are splashed with a tomato-laced broth; bean soup is thick and earthy; and pastries stuffed with meat, spinach or cheese are tender and comforting. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "The 10 best restaurants in north Phoenix," 24 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of earthy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of earthy was in the 14th century

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2 Jun 2020

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“Earthy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of earthy

: suggesting earth or soil in texture, odor, color, etc.
: practical and straightforward : open and direct
chiefly US : plain and simple in style


\ ˈər-thē How to pronounce earthy (audio) \
earthier; earthiest

Kids Definition of earthy

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

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