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 Moss delivered the line in a slow whisper, like an alien observing an earthling. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 29 Apr. 2022 For the average earthling, the main question is: What does cosmic wine taste like? Masha Macpherson And Angela Charlton, Star Tribune, 24 Mar. 2021 Atlantic horseshoe crabs may appear alien, but their history as earthlings is pretty impressive. National Geographic, 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, 8 Apr. 2020 For ages, earthlings regarded lightning as an indicator of godly wrath. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, 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, 4 Oct. 2019 Recurring nightmares of the planet Mars lead a confused earthling into the center of an intergalactic conspiracy. Los Angeles Times, 4 Oct. 2019 Recurring nightmares of the planet Mars lead a confused earthling into the center of an intergalactic conspiracy. Los Angeles Times, 4 Oct. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of earthling

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of earthling was in 1593

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Last Updated

11 May 2022

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“Earthling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/earthling. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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