Definition of earthy in English:



  • 1Resembling or suggestive of earth or soil.

    ‘an earthy smell’
    • ‘With specialist ingredients from rare spices through to exotic vegetables and fresh seafood our menu combines earthy, traditional Indian flavours with cutting edge style.’
    • ‘She moved slowly through the darkness, the earthy smell of damp roots and soil all about her.’
    • ‘Experts say the earthy smell is caused by geosmin, a chemical produced by a common bacterium, streptomyces coelicolor, found in most soils.’
    • ‘There was a soft, earthy smell, and it was pleasantly warm, with a fire burning low in the hearth.’
    • ‘I could see a few strands of root protruding out of the walls, and the place had an earthy smell to it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was faint, barely there, but he could sense the misplaced aroma of foreign spices amid the earthy smells of rain and horse.’
    • ‘In the gust of wind that followed him, she smelled the earthy scent of a sandalwood perfume, mixed with silk and leather.’
    • ‘Take a sniff; if the soil smells rank and sour, instead of earthy, the plants have been over-watered and may have root rot.’
    • ‘Work on the east wing has been completed, restoring the natural, earthy colour of the plaster, and enhancing the red brick.’
    • ‘A earthy, musky smell exuded from the forest that now surrounded him.’
    • ‘All rooms are decorated with natural fibers and earthy colors like adobe and grass green and have wood floors.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Deep ripe raspberry aromas and peppery spice scents deliver a smooth rounded mouthful of robust earthy raspberry flavours, firm tannins and classic peppery finale.’
    • ‘Open the door and breathe in the mossy, earthy smell of saturated soil.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, cool and tawny neutrals ground many collections with a natural and earthy element.’
    • ‘He smelled good; earthy and real, no perfume or cologne like Joe's and the other men who had once courted her.’
    • ‘New pest and weed problems appeared, and the soil became harder and lost its earthy smell.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At the time I thought the wine was far too heavy and had an earthy flavour.’
    • ‘Good compost should smell earthy, even sweet, and should be dark and crumbly.’
    • ‘My favourite so far has been the local mushrooms the like of which I've never tasted - earthy and full of flavour.’
    • ‘The distinctive earthy flavour of the food is now lost, to be perhaps sourced only in a few remote villages.’
    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’
    • ‘These outer movements are witty, but the internal ones are either passionate or governed by a more earthy sense of humor.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It contributed a repertory of immortal songs easily memorable by their combination of direct tunes and earthy good humour.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When we meet, she exudes a natural, earthy sexiness.’
    • ‘Walt Whitman, for example, created a fantastic self-image which appealed to those seeking an earthy, robust American literary voice.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So she used earthy language and tore off her wig, startling the other members of the court with her informality.’
    • ‘He was sharply perceptive and had an earthy, sly humour which put an edge on his nice irony.’
    • ‘He also had a reputation for a decidedly earthy sense of humor.’
    • ‘Her robust, earthy attractiveness roared back to life in earnest as she responded warmly to his embrace.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Similarly, the overtures go well, yet the conductor misses something of the earthy humor of the Academic Festival.’
    • ‘One gets from this image a similar ‘patchwork’ promise of extended sadness, of mixed dreams realized in fragments with an earthy vigorous humor.’
    • ‘A bold feminist, Agnes exudes a magnetic, if earthy, sexual attraction, helped no end by her ever-revealing cleavage.’
    • ‘The film's earthy language meant it had problems attracting an American distributor.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There's plenty of earthy language, but lots of laughs too.’
    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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