from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Realistic; sensible.
- adj. Not pretentious or affected; straightforward.
- adj. Not overly ornate; simple in style.
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- adj. Practical; realistic; pragmatic.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. facing reality squarely; guided by practical experience and observation rather than theory. Opposite of
idealistic, unrealistic, impractical, and pie-in-the-sky.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. sensible and practical
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Where Jobs is famous for his explosive temper, firing employees on the spot, Cook is described as down-to-earth and soft-spoken.
A friend of mine, someone I’d describe as down-to-earth—a hippie, in all the good ways—recently told me that she’d finally gotten a dog.
The author's language is down-to-earth but never earthbound, and Gallaway's characters are passionate and funny.
She brings to Congress a down-to-earth demeanor "Hi, this is Kristi," she begins the interview and a no-nonsense perspective that stems, in large part, from the fact that she hasn't spent her whole life in politics.
He seems like a pretty normal, down-to-earth guy - just one who lives in a nice part of town because he's rich.
The least heralded of ABC's Wednesday night comedies, the down-to-earth The Middle has quietly turned into a steady hit, thanks largely to its leading lady.
During a press interview at the Googleplex that November day, Eric Schmidt did his best to convey that Googlers were going to remain the same down-to-earth geeks they always were.
I hope gov Palin will get into the RNC with her fresh, down-to-earth conservative ideas, too.
After he criticized his own Theory of Forms in the Parmenides, Plato proceeds in the Sophist with a new conception of the Forms, more mundane and down-to-earth, and makes more clear the epistemological and metaphysical puzzles of the Parmenides.
We did it for a bit, and I am so glad that she's more down-to-earth now.