earthy

adjective
\ 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

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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The soup of bread and vegetables epitomizes the generous, earthy cooking of Tuscany. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "The Most Satisfying Vegetable Soup," 28 Dec. 2018 The earthy decor scheme plays off the house’s beautiful stone and wood details. ELLE Decor, "This Holiday Party Is Anything But Traditional—And We're Obsessed," 30 Nov. 2018 The major music critics of the 1970s and 1980s were skeptical about Queen, dismissing the band as bombastic and haughty, antithetical to rock’s earthy working-class roots. Noel Murray, The Verge, "For the real Bohemian Rhapsody, stream the best recorded Queen concert this weekend," 2 Nov. 2018 Design is simple, natural, and has an earthy feel about it. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About Rustic Design," 26 Oct. 2018 The wintery, woodsy aroma of the Idaho balsam fir essential oil will help recall the reason for the season, and soft, sweet cedarwood is an earthy complement to brighter aromas. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "These Essential Oils Will Make Your Entire Home Smell Like Christmas," 14 Oct. 2018 Virgo's earthy energy is practical and organized, so when fused with sensual Venus, this placement is wooed by thoughtful acts of service. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What the Position of Venus in Your Birth Chart Means for You," 31 July 2018 Typically, the exterior of these homes had painted wood siding, but accents of stucco or stone were used fairly often as well—the common theme being an emphasis on earthy tones. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "There's A Reason Original Craftsman Style Homes Are Still Around After 100 Years," 21 Nov. 2018 Let earthy tones be your guide, in the style of subtle-color fans like Steve Carell, who mixes toasty shades of brown, or John Mayer, who’s worn forest-green trousers with a sky blue jacket. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Why Men Fear Wearing Color. And the Secret to Pulling It Off.," 11 Oct. 2018

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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

: plain and simple in style

earthy

adjective
\ 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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