Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One, especially a human, that inhabits the planet Earth.
  • noun A person devoted to the world; a worldling.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An inhabitant of the earth; a creature of this world; a mortal.
  • noun One strongly attached to worldly things; a worldling.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun An inhabitant of the earth; a mortal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Alternative capitalization of Earthling

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an inhabitant of the earth

Etymologies

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Examples

  • God plants a garden in a place called Eden (Genesis 2: 8) and puts the human "earthling" there.

    Norman Wirzba: Gardening with God

  • If I was a "gleiser" instead of an earthling I'd be almost 700 by now.

    Wes Nisker: Just Another Planet

  • Based on that set of data—which is the equivalent of a single case series—the alien would assume that all earthling children born in New York were boys and that they all were actors with a penchant for appearing in the tabloids.

    The Panic Virus

  • The image, taken in 1966 by NASA's robotic probe Lunar Orbiter 1, presented a stunning juxtaposition of planet and moon that no earthling had ever seen before.

    Restoring History - NASA Watch

  • Based on that set of data—which is the equivalent of a single case series—the alien would assume that all earthling children born in New York were boys and that they all were actors with a penchant for appearing in the tabloids.

    The Panic Virus

  • If I was a "gleiser" instead of an earthling I'd be almost 700 by now.

    Wes Nisker: Just Another Planet

  • Between devastating earthquakes rattling people's faith in god, Glenn Beck's maniacal fundamentalism rattling people's faith in democracy, and Kevin Smith's dual inability to direct a film or fit in an airplane seat rattling people's faith in cinema, this is a pretty rough time to be an earthling.

    Archive 2010-03-01

  • If I was a "gleiser" instead of an earthling I'd be almost 700 by now.

    Wes Nisker: Just Another Planet

  • Between devastating earthquakes rattling people's faith in god, Glenn Beck's maniacal fundamentalism rattling people's faith in democracy, and Kevin Smith's dual inability to direct a film or fit in an airplane seat rattling people's faith in cinema, this is a pretty rough time to be an earthling.

    Dark Awakenings and Cosmic Horror : The Lovecraft News Network

  • If I was a "gleiser" instead of an earthling I'd be almost 700 by now.

    Wes Nisker: Just Another Planet

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  • Note to GHibbs: This is not the present participle of "earthle".

    September 15, 2011

  • Ooh, goody! Scurries off to add it to "How do you like Kipling?" list ...

    September 15, 2011