an inhabitant of earth; mortal.

1585–95; earth + -ling1 Unabridged
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earthling (ˈɜːθlɪŋ)
(esp in poetry or science fiction) an inhabitant of the earth; human being
[C16: from earth + ling1]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. eyrþling "plowman" (see earth); the sense of "inhabitant of the earth" is from 1590s. Earthman was originally (1860) "a demon who lives in the earth;" science fiction sense of "inhabitant of the planet Earth" first attested 1949 in writing of Robert Heinlein.
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Example sentences
Scientific earthling implies there are no solutions, then proposes geothermal energy.
It turns out that low-gravity conditions can do strange things to earthling cells, including making them more virulent.
Their electric rail guns will loft commercial payloads into space and enrich earthling entrepreneurs.
Since they're from another planet, they are able to mistake him for a baseball player, which no real earthling would do.
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