adjective (earthier; -est) Date: 14th century 1. a. 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
2. a. 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: 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
earthy clothes
earthiness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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