earthy

adjective
\ 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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Other Words from earthy

earthiness noun

Synonyms for earthy

Synonyms

earthlike, loamy

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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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The 2015 Mas de Gourgonnier Les Baux de Provence Rouge ($15), an earthy red blend with notes of red fruit and spice, delivered easy-drinking appeal in a short, rounded bottle also introduced in the 1950s, by winery owner Nicolas Cartier. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "Can You Judge a Wine By the Shape of Its Bottle?," 10 May 2018 The stew’s distinctive taste comes from its unexpected combination of familiar flavors: peanut butter, which provides a creamy, toasty richness; and a warm, earthy spice blend of cumin, coriander, turmeric and cinnamon. Ellie Krieger, charlotteobserver, "Peanut butter helps West African-style stew find sweet spot | Charlotte Observer," 22 Feb. 2018 Think herringbone and patchwork, earthy shades and organic shapes. Kim Cook, The Seattle Times, "As you decorate for fall, remember: Cozy," 7 Sep. 2018 The couple tore down walls, added a room, and swapped earthy browns for airy whites. Laura Kostelny, Country Living, "Step Inside a Serene Bungalow," 25 Jan. 2019 A pool of blue-corn cream brings soft, earthy notes to a dessert of corn ice cream sculpted into tiny cobs. Brett Martin, GQ, "GQ's Best New Restaurants in America, 2018," 23 Apr. 2018 Aromas of cassis, plum skin, black cherry, dried herbs and smoke will mingle with the earthy olive notes, while racy acidity will cut through the dish’s richness. Michael Austin, chicagotribune.com, "Egg and pepper sandwich makes great Lenten meal, and here are wines to have with it," 14 Feb. 2018 The soup of bread and vegetables epitomizes the generous, earthy cooking of Tuscany. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "The Most Satisfying Vegetable Soup," 28 Dec. 2018 The earthy decor scheme plays off the house’s beautiful stone and wood details. ELLE Decor, "This Holiday Party Is Anything But Traditional—And We're Obsessed," 30 Nov. 2018

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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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earthy

adjective

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

earthy

adjective
\ 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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