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

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 Grab the throw on sale in two earthy colors: beige and sage green. Clara McMahon, Peoplemag, 12 Apr. 2024 The intense aroma of the dark chocolate perfectly complements the earthy tones of the shroom formula, resulting in a delightful experience. Sponsored Content, The Mercury News, 12 Apr. 2024 The menu — just as pared back and elegant as the décor — focuses on small, seasonal plates that in the spring include fried artichokes with Parmesan fondue and mint, and ravioli stuffed with borage, an earthy tasting wild herb. Laura May Todd, New York Times, 11 Apr. 2024 By this point, the compost is a rich dark brown color, earthy smelling and loamy. Nicole Blanchard, Idaho Statesman, 9 Apr. 2024 This season’s offerings: A sheer blouse in a geometric print for around $40, men’s solid color pique polo shirts in earthy tones (sky blue, mossy green) for around $30, and kids graphic T-shirts for around $15. Roxana Popescu, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Apr. 2024 There’s something earthy about Rogers’s presence (she was brought up in rural Maryland, and played the harp and the banjo as a teen-ager), yet the song’s production is spectral, icy, electronic. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, 8 Apr. 2024 Lentil Salad With Pickled Rhubarb, Chevre and Arugula Pickled rhubarb gives this salad a sweet-sour punch to complement the earthy lentils and creamy goat cheese (chevre). Aaron Hutcherson, Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2024 This Asparagus and White Bean Salad With Bacon Vinaigrette features earthy white beans, creamy Manchego cheese and smoky bacon in two forms — with crispy bits and rendered fat in the dressing. Aaron Hutcherson, Washington Post, 2 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Earthy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/earthy. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

earthy

adjective
earthier; earthiest
1
: consisting of or resembling earth
an earthy flavor
2
a
: suggestive of plain or poor people or their ways : practical sense 4, down-to-earth
earthy problems of everyday life
b
: not polite : crude
earthy humor
earthiness noun

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