from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, consisting of, or resembling earth: an earthy smell.
  • adj. Of or characteristic of this world; worldly.
  • adj. Crude or off-color; indecent: an earthy joke.
  • adj. Hearty or uninhibited; natural: an earthy enjoyment of life.
  • adj. Unadorned and simple in style: an earthy homemade stew.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Resembling dirt or soil (i.e. earth).
  • adj. Down to earth, un-artificed, natural.
  • adj. Like or resembling the earth or of the earth.
  • adj. Covered with earth (mud, dirt).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Consisting of, or resembling, earth; terrene; earthlike.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the earth or to, this world; earthly; terrestrial; carnal.
  • adj. Gross; low; unrefined.
  • adj. Without luster, or dull and roughish to the touch.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to earth; consisting of earth; partaking of the nature of earth; terrene: as, earthy matter.
  • Resembling earth or some of the properties of earth: as, an earthy taste or smell.
  • Inhabiting the earth; earthly.
  • Gross; not refined.
  • In mineralogy, without luster, or dull, and roughish to the touch.
  • In chem., having the general character of the substances known as earths, and of their compounds: as, an earthy salt.

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

  • adj. of or consisting of or resembling earth
  • adj. not far removed from or suggestive of nature
  • adj. conspicuously and tastelessly indecent
  • adj. sensible and practical
  • adj. hearty and lusty


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