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earthy

unrefined: an earthy smell; realistic; practical; lusty: Mae West was known for her earthy sense of humor.
Not to be confused with:
earthly – earthbound; worldly: earthly goods; mortal; mundane: earthly affairs

earth·y

 (ûr′thē)
adj. earth·i·er, earth·i·est
1. Of, consisting of, or resembling earth: an earthy smell.
2. Of or characteristic of this world; worldly.
3. Crude or off-color; indecent: an earthy joke.
4. Hearty or uninhibited; natural: an earthy enjoyment of life.
5. Unadorned and simple in style: an earthy homemade stew.

earth′i·ly adv.
earth′i·ness n.

earthy

(ˈɜːθɪ)
adj, earthier or earthiest
1. of, composed of, or characteristic of earth
2. robust, lusty, or uninhibited
3. unrefined, coarse, or crude
4. an archaic word for worldly1
5. (Electrical Engineering) electrical engineering on the earthed side of an electrical circuit, but not necessarily with a direct current connection to earth
ˈearthily adv
ˈearthiness n

earth•y

(ˈɜr θi)

adj. earth•i•er, earth•i•est.
1. of the nature of or consisting of earth or soil.
2. characteristic of earth: an earthy smell.
3. realistic; practical.
4. coarse or unrefined: an earthy sense of humor.
5. direct; robust; unaffected.
6. Archaic. worldly; earthly.
[1350–1400]
earth′i•ly, adv.
earth′i•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.earthy - conspicuously and tastelessly indecent; "coarse language"; "a crude joke"; "crude behavior"; "an earthy sense of humor"; "a revoltingly gross expletive"; "a vulgar gesture"; "full of language so vulgar it should have been edited"
indecent - offensive to good taste especially in sexual matters; "an earthy but not indecent story"; "an indecent gesture"
2.earthy - not far removed from or suggestive of nature; "the earthy taste of warm milk fresh from the cow"; "earthy smells of new-mown grass"
natural - in accordance with nature; relating to or concerning nature; "a very natural development"; "our natural environment"; "natural science"; "natural resources"; "natural cliffs"; "natural phenomena"
3.earthy - hearty and lusty; "an earthy enjoyment of life"
uninhibited - not inhibited or restrained; "uninhibited exuberance"
4.earthy - of or consisting of or resembling earth; "it had an earthy smell"; "only a little earthy bank separates me from the edge of the ocean"
5.earthy - sensible and practical; "has a straightforward down-to-earth approach to a problem"; "her earthy common sense"
realistic - aware or expressing awareness of things as they really are; "a realistic description"; "a realistic view of the possibilities"; "a realistic appraisal of our chances"; "the actors tried to create a realistic portrayal of the Africans"

earthy

adjective
1. direct, simple, natural, plain, rough, straightforward, robust, down-to-earth, frank, uninhibited, unsophisticated, unrefined Denise was a warm, earthy peasant woman with a lively spirit.
2. crude, coarse, raunchy (slang), lusty, bawdy, ribald his extremely earthy brand of humour
3. claylike, soil-like Strong, earthy colours add to the effect.

earthy

adjective
1. Consisting of or resembling soil:
2. Relating to or characteristic of the earth or of human life on earth:
3. Bordering on indelicacy or impropriety:
Translations
aardeachtigaardigdegrondmet

earthy

[ˈɜːθɪ] ADJ
1. (= like earth) [colour] → terroso
an earthy tasteun sabor a tierra
2. (= uncomplicated) [character] → sencillo
3. (= vulgar) [humour] → grosero

earthy

[ˈɜːrθi] adj
[person, humour] → truculent(e); [language, style] → truculent(e)
[smell] → terreux/euse; [colour] → ocré(e)

earthy

adj
colourerdfarben; flavour, smellerdig; earthy brownserdfarbene Brauntöne pl
(fig) personurtümlich; humour, language, book, playderb; approachrobust

earthy

[ˈɜːθɪ] adj
a. (taste, smell) → di terra
b. (person) → terra terra inv; (humour) → grossolano/a
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He walked more hastily at first than was consistent with his strength; for a sort of guilty feeling, which sometimes torments men in their most justifiable acts, caused him to seek concealment from Malvin's eyes; but after he had trodden far upon the rustling forest leaves he crept back, impelled by a wild and painful curiosity, and, sheltered by the earthy roots of an uptorn tree, gazed earnestly at the desolate man.
In Switzerland the farmer's plow is a wide shovel, which scrapes up and turns over the thin earthy skin of his native rock--and there the man of the plow is a hero.
The earthy smell, the sunless air, the sensation of the world being shut out, the resounding of the organ through the black and white arched galleries and aisles, are wings that take me back, and hold me hovering above those days, in a half-sleeping and half-waking dream.
Ruby had always been beautiful; but her beauty had been of the earth, earthy; it had had a certain insolent quality in it, as if it flaunted itself in the beholder's eye; spirit had never shone through it, intellect had never refined it.
'And if it's bitter cold for you, up in the chancel, with a lot of live breath smoking out about you, what the bitterness is to Durdles, down in the crypt among the earthy damps there, and the dead breath of the old 'uns,' returns that individual, 'Durdles leaves you to judge.--Is this to be put in hand at once, Mr.
It stands in the corner of the poor field of wheat, which is full of great unsightly stumps, like earthy butchers'-blocks.
But if he spoke of the delights of the atmosphere of Mr Brass's office in a literal sense, he had certainly a peculiar taste, as it was of a close and earthy kind, and, besides being frequently impregnated with strong whiffs of the second-hand wearing apparel exposed for sale in Duke's Place and Houndsditch, had a decided flavour of rats and mice, and a taint of mouldiness.
oh, ever vernal endless landscapes in the soul; in ye, --though long parched by the dead drought of the earthy life, --in ye, men yet may roll, like young horses in new morning clover; and for some few fleeting moments, feel the cool dew of the life immortal on them.
Shimerda opened the bag and stirred the contents with her hand, it gave out a salty, earthy smell, very pungent, even among the other odours of that cave.
It was of the earth, earthy. The sunshine caressed it warmly and affectionately, with evident disregard of its bad reputation.
I suppose no boy of twenty really loves a WOMEN, but loves only his etherealised extract of woman, entirely free from earthy adulteration.
I moved on a hundred years, and there was the same red sun--a little larger, a little duller--the same dying sea, the same chill air, and the same crowd of earthy crustacea creeping in and out among the green weed and the red rocks.