earthy

adjective
\ 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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Other Words from earthy

earthiness noun

Synonyms for earthy

Synonyms

earthlike, loamy

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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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Cumin and Aleppo pepper pace the earthy muhammara of roasted peppers ground with walnuts. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "Fishtown's Suraya is one of the most exciting new dining destinations of the year," 22 June 2018 The result is—perhaps predictably—yeasty, with earthy, bready tones and a pronounced creaminess layered atop Glenmorangie’s signature orange citrus and floral notes. Clay Dillow, Fortune, "The 6 Most Interesting New Whiskies You Should Be Drinking Right Now," 15 June 2019 Bonnie is more earthy and grounded; the big dinner scene at her house happens in the outdoor dining area. Jessica Roy, latimes.com, "For ‘Big Little Lies’ fans, the aesthetic is as much of a draw as the drama," 15 Mar. 2017 There is what Bulgarini calls his signature dish: pappardelle al cinghiale, a mild egg noodle pasta bolstered by an earthy ragu of wild boar. Patricia Escárcega, latimes.com, "Review: At Bulgarini in Altadena, a gelato master tries his hand at pasta," 12 June 2019 The earthy, piney, floral bitterness complements the flavor and aroma from smoke. - from Rayford Cook, founder at The Grocery Brewpub 4. Eric Velasco, al.com, "8 tasty Birmingham beer and barbecue pairings," 6 June 2019 The herbaceous aperitifs, though, are more bitter than sweet, so that premeal drink will be less like a sugary frappé and more like an earthy refreshment. Grace Dickinson, https://www.inquirer.com, "The six summery drinks you need to try in Philadelphia this season," 6 June 2019 Cole went with an earthy palette, rocking a red vest, pants, and nude top, bedazzled by his own assortment of flowers and tied together with a decorative knot. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse Were a Walking Fairytale at the Met Gala 2019," 7 May 2019 The people who plant, who nurture, who wait for the seeds to grow: the earthy folks who know that things just take time, and who are happy to sit in the sun and wait for the fruit to come up — these are Taurus folks. Jeanna Kadlec, Allure, "The Royal Baby's Birth Chart, as Interpreted by an Astrologer," 6 May 2019

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First Known Use of earthy

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

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earthy

adjective

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

earthy

adjective
\ 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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