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

Definition of earthling

1 : an inhabitant of the earth
2 : worldling

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Since Beyoncé is the only one who wakes up looking perfect, the rest of us earthlings might need a little help in how-to-get-gorgeous-skin department. Carly Cadellino, Seventeen, "How To Apply Concealer Perfectly," 30 Sep. 2015 For decades, earthlings have dispatched spacecraft to Mars to study the planet's dusty surface and its thin atmosphere. Shelby Grad,, "Essential California: The pitfalls of DNA testing," 4 May 2018 This was partly because the ancients believed burning incense was a way of connecting earthlings with the gods, according to The Perfume Society. Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, "Home Fragrances: A Brief History, From Ancient Egypt To Today," 5 Aug. 2016 For decades, earthlings have dispatched spacecraft to Mars to study the planet's dusty surface and its thin atmosphere. Amina Khan,, "NASA's InSight mission will look deep into the heart of Mars for clues about its past," 3 May 2018 In space, an unplanned mishap shoots the Jupiter 2 toward an unknown, beautiful but often unfriendly planet with — what are the odds? — an earthling-friendly atmosphere. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "5 things to help you take off with Netflix's new 'Lost in Space'," 12 Apr. 2018 Advanced Intelligence If intelligent life is nearby, the most straightforward way to find earthlings would be to listen for us. National Geographic, "Aliens Could Detect Life on Earth. Here's How.," 26 Mar. 2018 Bad news for earthlings: Radiation is killing the helpful bacteria that unexpectedly stopped the rampaging alien army in its tracks. Chris Ball,, "'Only the Brave,' now on DVD and Blu-ray (review)," 14 Feb. 2018 The mission is all about life on Mars: the possibility of finding ancient or modern microbial martians, and preparing for earthlings to visit in the future. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "NASA's Next Great Mars Rover Will Search for Martians and Prepare for Humans to Follow," 17 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of earthling

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of earthling

: a human being living on Earth

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a strong desire or propensity

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