earthling

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

Definition of earthling

1 : an inhabitant of the earth
2 : worldling

Examples of earthling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Atlantic horseshoe crabs may appear alien, but their history as earthlings is pretty impressive. National Geographic, "Atlantic horseshoe crab," 20 Apr. 2020 Mathematicians — in the field of operator algebra, where the problem occurs — are now like those earthlings, graced with knowledge from afar. Quanta Magazine, "Graced With Knowledge, Mathematicians Seek to Understand," 8 Apr. 2020 For ages, earthlings regarded lightning as an indicator of godly wrath. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "Extreme Weather-Tracking Satellites Prepare for Launch," 27 Feb. 2020 In addition, a recent survey made by Arizona State University shows that most earthlings would welcome intelligent aliens. Seth Shostak, NBC News, "We may be closing in on the discovery of alien life. Are we prepared?," 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 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 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

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First Known Use of earthling

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Earthling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/earthling. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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earthling

noun

English Language Learners Definition of earthling

: a human being living on Earth

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