\ ˈər-thē How to pronounce earthy (audio) , -t͟hē How to pronounce earthy (audio) \
earthier; earthiest

Definition of earthy

1a : of, relating to, or consisting of earth earthy creatures like worms
b : suggestive of earth (as in texture, odor, or color) an earthy yellow
c : rough, coarse, or plain in taste earthy flavors
2a archaic : earthly, worldly
b : characteristic of or associated with mortal life on the earth prefers earthy to ethereal themes
3 : suggestive of plain or poor people or their ways: such as
a : practical, down-to-earth earthy problems of daily life
b : crude, gross earthy humor
c : plain and simple in style : unsophisticated earthy peasant cookery earthy decor

Other Words from earthy

earthiness noun

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Examples of earthy in a Sentence

a blend of earthy colors The wine had an earthy flavor. Critics were impressed by the movie's earthy realism. food made with simple, earthy ingredients
Recent Examples on the Web The crisp morning air smells alive with earthy scents emanating from the damp soil, dewy ferns and towering pines. Jen Murphy, Robb Report, 30 July 2022 The San Diego Music Awards’ 2019 Artist of the Year honoree, vocal powerhouse Whitney Shay specializes in earthy blues and vintage R&B. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 July 2022 David Frazier took a moody and earthy approach in his New York City apartment bedroom. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 29 July 2022 Depending on the style, a wallcovering with texture can enhance your space with a glamorous aesthetic or a subtle, earthy look. Julianne Hilmes Bartlett, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 July 2022 These are so widely found in the ground that molecules produced by Streptomyces are what gives soil its characteristic earthy smell. Wired, 22 July 2022 The iconic Le Labo Santal 33 blends earthy elements like cardamom, sandalwood and cedarwood for a sensual-yet-grounded scent reminiscent of an autumn evening under the stars in the American West. April Franzino, Good Housekeeping, 22 July 2022 It’s dry, earthy and savory, and goes down extremely easily. New York Times, 21 July 2022 The nose is vivid red fruit of an earthy pomegranate alongside strawberry, cranberry, and blackberry accents and even floral spikes of lavender and jasmine. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, 19 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of earthy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Earthy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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\ ˈər-thē How to pronounce earthy (audio) \
earthier; earthiest

Kids Definition of earthy

1 : of or like earth an earthy smell earthy colors
2 : open and direct Voters like the mayor's earthy manner.
3 : not polite : crude earthy humor

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