\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

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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
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Named after its foremost ingredient, this celery stalk is a fresh fragrance that is both botanical and earthy, thanks to its roots in parsley and purple carrots. Kelly Conaboy, The Cut, "The Perfect Candle for Adults Who Insist on Saying ‘Veggies’," 13 July 2018 Treading into still more effortless territory, Anne Hathaway and Amal Clooney stuck to their signatures in the form of polished swingy blowouts and glowing skin, and Meghan Markle kept things cool with a palette of earthy pink tones. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The 10 Best Beauty Looks: Week of June 11, 2018," 12 June 2018 This one — from various coastal vineyards in eastern Sicily — is young, fresh, floral and refreshing, with lingering earthy notes. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "20 Wines Under $20: Plenty of Variety and Not One Chardonnay," 17 May 2018 Flowers for Dreams' mixed floral bouquets wrapped in burlap are meant to look earthy and organic as if they were just picked from a farm field. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "These bouquets are made for Instagram and leading a craft flower movement," 15 May 2018 Whereas the Military Latte is pleasantly balanced between the grassy tea, earthier espresso and light kiss of vanilla, the Black Camo is nuttier and more aromatic, the tea’s scent seductively wafting off the creamy, silky foam. Joseph Hernandez,, "Drink this! Sawada's aromatic Black Camo Latte a seductive, nutty sip," 9 Mar. 2018 For a wider variety in colors and a quiet, cohesive look, find fabrics, throws, and pillows in mostly white or gray, but with stripes in indigo, pale turquoise, cognac, burgundy, or earthy tones. Jennifer Adams,, "Ask Jennifer Adams: How to warm up gray paint with accessories," 9 Jan. 2018 Subaru may have the love of its earthy crunchy, environmentally conscious, outdoors-loving adherents, but the Japanese carmaker is waiting to jump into theelectric vehicle scrum. David Rovella,, "Your Evening Briefing," 5 June 2018 Dots of horseradish cream, fingerlings and powdered cashews bring earthy flavors to classic Dover sole in beurre blanc. Phil Vettel,, "Blanchard review: Chef Ryan Burns taking the stuffy out of French fine dining," 23 Mar. 2018

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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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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

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