earthy

adjective \ ˈər-thē , -t͟hē \
Updated on: 9 Dec 2017

Definition of earthy

earthier; earthiest
1 a : 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
2 a 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

earthiness

noun

Examples of earthy in a Sentence

  1. a blend of earthy colors

  2. The wine had an earthy flavor.

  3. Critics were impressed by the movie's earthy realism.

  4. food made with simple, earthy ingredients

Recent Examples of earthy from the Web

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First Known Use of earthy

14th century


EARTHY Defined for English Language Learners

earthy

adjective

Definition of earthy for English Language Learners

  • : suggesting earth or soil in texture, odor, color, etc.

  • : practical and straightforward : open and direct

  • : plain and simple in style


EARTHY Defined for Kids

earthy

adjective \ ˈər-thē \

Definition of earthy for Students

earthier; earthiest
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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