earthling

noun
earth·​ling | \ ˈərth-liŋ How to pronounce earthling (audio) \
variants: or Earthling

Definition of earthling

1 : an inhabitant of the earth

Examples of earthling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Who will decide which earthlings are admitted into the colonies? Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "Jeff Bezos’s Master Plan," 10 Oct. 2019 Recurring nightmares of the planet Mars lead a confused earthling into the center of an intergalactic conspiracy. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV for Oct. 6-12: ‘Throne of Blood’ and more," 4 Oct. 2019 Recurring nightmares of the planet Mars lead a confused earthling into the center of an intergalactic conspiracy. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV for Oct. 6-12: ‘Throne of Blood’ and more," 4 Oct. 2019 Assuming that human messages actually reach their target, what would earthlings and aliens talk about? The Economist, "How to talk to aliens," 28 Nov. 2019 Sky & Telescope estimates there could be up to 400 meteors per hour originating from the night sky near the star Procyon, which is close to the constellation Monoceros (the unicorn), although the show will only last about a half-hour for earthlings. Doug Phillips, sun-sentinel.com, "Meteor marathon tonight? Maybe!," 21 Nov. 2019 Recurring nightmares of the planet Mars lead a confused earthling into the center of an intergalactic conspiracy. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV for Oct. 6-12: ‘Throne of Blood’ and more," 4 Oct. 2019 Recurring nightmares of the planet Mars lead a confused earthling into the center of an intergalactic conspiracy. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 15, 2019: ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens’ and more," 13 Sep. 2019 Luckily for us earthlings, there's no chance that the nucleus will collide with Earth. David Freeman, NBC News, "The Perseid meteor shower should be striking despite the August full moon. Here's how to watch.," 7 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of earthling

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Jan 2020

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“Earthling.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/earthling. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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earthling

noun
How to pronounce earthling (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of earthling

: a human being living on Earth

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