\ ˈər-thē , -t͟hē \
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

Keep scrolling for more

Other words from earthy

earthiness noun

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
See More

Recent Examples on the Web

Hong’s version only hinted at the dense, earthy-crunchy versions served at Burmese restaurants like Mandalay or Grocery Cafe. Jonathan Kauffman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Asian Art Museum takes a risk with young star chef’s destination cafe," 6 June 2018 Lush, fruit flavors of cherry and cassis are complemented by earthy flavors of mushroom and forest floor. Breanne L. Heldman,, "The Handmaid's Tale Wines Cancelled," 10 July 2018 The salty, crunchy batter is a nice contrast to the sweet onions, a coarse, crumbly texture in your mouth with an earthy note that tasted like cumin. Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times, "Seattle’s top 4 burger spots — ranked by Seattle Times critics," 10 July 2018 Perhaps because of their decidedly earthy taste and alarmingly red hue, beets haven’t always fared well on the dinner table circuit. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Why You Should Be Eating More Beets," 26 May 2018 Other spices to consider: garlic powder, turmeric (for color and earthy flavor), ginger and garam masala, a favorite of Bran-Leis’s. Becky Krystal, charlotteobserver, "Here’s how to skip the jar and make a fresh salsa that’s right for you," 1 May 2018 What's in season: One of the most prized beans of spring, favas are known for their buttery, earthy notes and vibrant green hue. Noelle Carter,, "Stew, pasta, salad and more great recipes featuring fava beans, now in season," 13 Apr. 2018 The Thai Bowl is a splash of colors and fresh flavors, a wonderful, earthy combination of spinach, carrots, brown rice, and bean sprouts with moist chunks of sun-seed burger, enhanced by a light curry sauce and sprinkled with cashews., "Where to eat in Greater Boston," 30 Mar. 2018 Made with foraged desert juniper, the magenta flowers of the walking stick cholla cactus, osha root, locally farmed Cascade hops, and white sage, the gin conveys cucumber, dill, and earthy flavors. Sunset, "6 Botanical Gins We’re Loving Right Now," 22 Jan. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'earthy.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of earthy

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about earthy

Statistics for earthy

Last Updated

9 Sep 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for earthy

The first known use of earthy was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for earthy



English Language Learners Definition of earthy

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

: practical and straightforward : open and direct

: plain and simple in style


\ ˈər-thē \
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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on earthy

What made you want to look up earthy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to make amends

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!