Earthy Earth"y, a. 1. Consisting of, or resembling, earth; terrene; earthlike; as, earthy matter. [1913 Webster]

How pale she looks, And of an earthy cold! --Shak. [1913 Webster]

All over earthy, like a piece of earth. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

2. Of or pertaining to the earth or to, this world; earthly; terrestrial; carnal. [R.] ``Their earthy charge.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy. --1 Cor. xv. 47, 48 (Rev. Ver. ) [1913 Webster]

Earthy spirits black and envious are. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. Gross; low; unrefined. ``Her earthy and abhorred commands.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. (Min.) Without luster, or dull and roughish to the touch; as, an earthy fracture. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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