earth·​ling ˈərth-liŋ How to pronounce earthling (audio)
variants or Earthling
: an inhabitant of the earth

Examples of earthling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Perseids, known for their fireballs, is expected to shoot approximately 50 to 100 meteors per hour Greetings earthlings! Skyler Caruso, Peoplemag, 7 Aug. 2023 This new gray colorway does give off serious celestial vibes, though, which is perfect for earthlings with a penchant for space. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 28 Apr. 2023 Through an alien who feeds on earthlings, the movie tackles exploitation, spectacle and whether wild animals can never be truly tamed. Keith Langston, Peoplemag, 27 June 2023 Attention, earthlings: Urwerk has just launched another spaceship-like timepiece for your wrist. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 28 Apr. 2023 Recurring nightmares of the planet Mars lead a confused earthling into the center of an intergalactic conspiracy. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 2 Apr. 2021 So, what does all of this mean for us earthlings? Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, 10 Mar. 2023 But the writers warn that earthlings will need a sufficient warning time, ideally decades in advance or several years at a minimum, to mitigate such a threat. Umar Shakir, The Verge, 3 Mar. 2023 Attention, earthlings! Laura Hawkins, Vogue, 20 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of earthling was in 1593

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“Earthling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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earth·​ling ˈərth-liŋ How to pronounce earthling (audio)
: one who lives on the planet earth

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