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earthy

[ur-thee] /ˈɜr θi/
adjective, earthier, earthiest.
1.
of the nature of or consisting of earth or soil.
2.
characteristic of earth:
an earthy smell.
3.
realistic; practical.
4.
coarse or unrefined:
an earthy sense of humor.
5.
direct; robust; unaffected:
an earthy, generous woman.
6.
(of a mineral) having a dull luster and rough to the touch.
7.
Archaic. worldly; pertaining to the earth.
Origin of earthy
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English erthy. See earth, -y1
Related forms
earthily, adverb
earthiness, noun
Can be confused
earthly, earthy (see synonym study at earthly)
Synonyms
4. lusty, rough.
Antonyms
4. genteel, refined.
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  • They appear to hear two calls, one from above and the other of the earth, earthy, and to obey the latter.

    In the Open Stanton Davis Kirkham
  • He was, however, an individual of earthy hue, with precocious wrinkles.

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  • Upon this bed spread a layer of five or six inches of broken stone, which stone should be free from any earthy mixture.

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  • The appearance of these two girls in this earthy family was anomalous.

    The Man Who Wins Robert Herrick
  • Or is there in river water, from the earthy particles it contains, a greater susceptibility of heat and cold?

British Dictionary definitions for earthy

earthy

/ˈɜːθɪ/
adjective earthier, earthiest
1.
of, composed of, or characteristic of earth
2.
robust, lusty, or uninhibited
3.
unrefined, coarse, or crude
4.
an archaic word for worldly (sense 1)
5.
(electrical engineering) on the earthed side of an electrical circuit, but not necessarily with a direct current connection to earth
Derived Forms
earthily, adverb
earthiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for earthy
adj.

1550s, from earth + -y (2). Figurative sense of "coarse, unrefined" is from 1590s. Related: Earthiness.

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