Definition of earthy in English:

earthy

adjective

  • 1Resembling or suggestive of earth or soil.

    ‘an earthy smell’
    • ‘Take a sniff; if the soil smells rank and sour, instead of earthy, the plants have been over-watered and may have root rot.’
    • ‘She moved slowly through the darkness, the earthy smell of damp roots and soil all about her.’
    • ‘Open the door and breathe in the mossy, earthy smell of saturated soil.’
    • ‘All rooms are decorated with natural fibers and earthy colors like adobe and grass green and have wood floors.’
    • ‘With specialist ingredients from rare spices through to exotic vegetables and fresh seafood our menu combines earthy, traditional Indian flavours with cutting edge style.’
    • ‘New pest and weed problems appeared, and the soil became harder and lost its earthy smell.’
    • ‘In another salad, waxy redskin potatoes with a deep, earthy flavour were served warm, along with a poached egg, on a combination of leaves and vegetables sprinkled with sesame seeds.’
    • ‘There was a soft, earthy smell, and it was pleasantly warm, with a fire burning low in the hearth.’
    • ‘He smelled good; earthy and real, no perfume or cologne like Joe's and the other men who had once courted her.’
    • ‘At the time I thought the wine was far too heavy and had an earthy flavour.’
    • ‘The rich, earthy smell of the shampoo Kia always used drifted from her golden hair, tickling the inside of his nostril.’
    • ‘The trend is for more natural and earthy colors and textures.’
    • ‘It was faint, barely there, but he could sense the misplaced aroma of foreign spices amid the earthy smells of rain and horse.’
    • ‘The distinctive earthy flavour of the food is now lost, to be perhaps sourced only in a few remote villages.’
    • ‘A earthy, musky smell exuded from the forest that now surrounded him.’
    • ‘Work on the east wing has been completed, restoring the natural, earthy colour of the plaster, and enhancing the red brick.’
    • ‘I choose the wild mushroom tagliatelle, full of earthy porcini flavour rather than cream, followed by pan-fried monkfish with capers, rosemary and crispy potatoes.’
    • ‘Deep ripe raspberry aromas and peppery spice scents deliver a smooth rounded mouthful of robust earthy raspberry flavours, firm tannins and classic peppery finale.’
    • ‘Good compost should smell earthy, even sweet, and should be dark and crumbly.’
    • ‘In the gust of wind that followed him, she smelled the earthy scent of a sandalwood perfume, mixed with silk and leather.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, cool and tawny neutrals ground many collections with a natural and earthy element.’
    • ‘I could see a few strands of root protruding out of the walls, and the place had an earthy smell to it.’
    • ‘My favourite so far has been the local mushrooms the like of which I've never tasted - earthy and full of flavour.’
    • ‘Experts say the earthy smell is caused by geosmin, a chemical produced by a common bacterium, streptomyces coelicolor, found in most soils.’
    soil-like, dirt-like
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  • 2(of a person or their language) direct and uninhibited, especially about sexual subjects or bodily functions.

    ‘their good-natured vulgarity and earthy humour’
    ‘she's very earthy and voluptuous’
    • ‘The Doctor's harrowing account of the orthopaedic centres for polio and landmine victims was punctuated with the earthy humour of the people he deals with.’
    • ‘Their sense of humour is dry and earthy, based on observing the reality of life.’
    • ‘A bold feminist, Agnes exudes a magnetic, if earthy, sexual attraction, helped no end by her ever-revealing cleavage.’
    • ‘Walt Whitman, for example, created a fantastic self-image which appealed to those seeking an earthy, robust American literary voice.’
    • ‘These outer movements are witty, but the internal ones are either passionate or governed by a more earthy sense of humor.’
    • ‘He also had a reputation for a decidedly earthy sense of humor.’
    • ‘So she used earthy language and tore off her wig, startling the other members of the court with her informality.’
    • ‘One gets from this image a similar ‘patchwork’ promise of extended sadness, of mixed dreams realized in fragments with an earthy vigorous humor.’
    • ‘He was sharply perceptive and had an earthy, sly humour which put an edge on his nice irony.’
    • ‘It contributed a repertory of immortal songs easily memorable by their combination of direct tunes and earthy good humour.’
    • ‘His earthy humor, his ability to joke when things seemed darkest, and his endless supply of homespun stories certainly helped him cope with the crises of war.’
    • ‘The man's perennial good humor, his sympathetic understanding of any and all problems, his salty language and his earthy comments are a vital contribution to the morals of the ship.’
    • ‘Similarly, the overtures go well, yet the conductor misses something of the earthy humor of the Academic Festival.’
    • ‘The movement contrasts pale, exquisite images of melancholy with extrovert, earthy humour and frequently makes comically literal references to hunting or farming scenes in the text.’
    • ‘Her robust, earthy attractiveness roared back to life in earnest as she responded warmly to his embrace.’
    • ‘When we meet, she exudes a natural, earthy sexiness.’
    • ‘The film's earthy language meant it had problems attracting an American distributor.’
    • ‘There's plenty of earthy language, but lots of laughs too.’
    • ‘One of the most compelling qualities of the book is its retention from the archives of the earthy language of the people.’
    • ‘She says what she thinks and has an earthy sense of humour.’
    bawdy, ribald, off colour, racy, rude, vulgar, lewd, crude, foul, coarse, uncouth, rough, dirty, filthy, smutty, unseemly, indelicate, indecent, indecorous, obscene
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Pronunciation

earthy

/ˈəːθi/