\ 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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web The interior becomes warm and creamy and has a nutty, earthy flavor, while the outside forms a toasty crust ($9 for two)., 1 June 2021 Sun, color, flowers and textures mix and match with natural earthy tones and nuances. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 22 May 2021 The interior will feature neutral earthy tones with black accents, a custom mural and lots of greenery. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, 7 May 2021 The resulting swimsuits are a minimalist’s dream with inclusive sizing in a range of rich, earthy tones. Rachel Besser, Vogue, 5 May 2021 Though tie-dye might conjure up visions of rainbow hues, these takes are decidedly more sophisticated, with earthy tones and monochromatic palettes. Laura Lajiness, Harper's BAZAAR, 22 Apr. 2021 Another bid for red America came last October with the naming of the earthy young country star Morgan Wallen as musical guest. Washington Post, 7 May 2021 Streep received an Oscar nomination for her earthy work, which transcends easy imitation to joyful embodiment, and Stanley Tucci is divine as her doting husband. Jason Bailey, New York Times, 3 May 2021 The five buildings blend the same earthy architecture — stone foundations under cedar siding and steep peaked roofs with cedar shingles. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, 1 May 2021

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First Known Use of earthy

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

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

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17 Jun 2021

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“Earthy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of earthy

: suggesting earth or soil in texture, odor, color, etc.
: practical and straightforward : open and direct
chiefly US : plain and simple in style


\ 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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