Definition of earthling in English:

earthling

noun

  • (in science fiction) a word used by aliens to refer to an inhabitant of the earth.

    as modifier ‘this was perfectly normal earthling behaviour’
    • ‘Iye looked thoughtful for a moment before replying with a grin, ‘Now that you mention it, yes I suppose I am an alien to you earthlings.’’
    • ‘She growled, staring down at the girl, ‘Earthlings… earthlings ruined my life.’
    • ‘Unlike the rest of the time, this furry little alien wasn't trying to comment on things that us earthlings grasp naturally.’
    • ‘This is the story of a planetarian who falls in love with one of the earthlings who visits his planet and escapes to earth on their spaceship.’
    • ‘And even though this is fairly rare, there is nothing for earthlings to worry about, astronomer Geoff Chester of the US Naval Observatory said on Tuesday.’
    • ‘My theory leads me to believe that if we were suddenly attacked by little, green men wielding powerful laser guns, we would come together as earthlings to defend our planet.’
    • ‘It was the time when Halley's comet paid earthlings a visit.’
    • ‘Tremble, earthlings, at powers you cannot hope to understand.’
    • ‘He'd keep me up half the night explaining that we earthlings were not alone.’
    • ‘He is the author of a kitschy science fiction novel about an earthling who decides to pay back his student loan by teaching English on a distant planet.’
    • ‘Whoever built the Great Pyramid had access to some information outside of that which earthlings had at the time, at least earthlings as we know them.’
    • ‘People from other planets will pick up stranded earthlings in their rockets.’
    • ‘I'm real, and most earthlings can bear very little reality.’
    • ‘A good example of the overlap is in the popular belief that mysterious intelligent and beneficent extraterrestrial beings are visiting earthlings and floating them aboard spaceships.’
    • ‘Clearly, the act of flying incorporates unusual powers, freedom from obedience to ordinary rules of gravity required of earthlings, and a corresponding risk of falling.’
    • ‘Three of our space probes have left the solar system altogether and are now adrift in interstellar space, carrying earthlings' assorted greetings to whoever stumbles upon them.’
    • ‘Martians have developed practically all the areas of their brains - all the paranormal faculties - that are still latent for part of the earthlings.’
    • ‘Until then, we earthlings can continue to look for microscopic visitors, or their fossil remnants, that might reside in meteorites from Mars or from other worlds.’
    • ‘The virus could attack earthlings depending on the atmospheric transport and mixing, leading to a fall-out continuing seasonally over a few years, he warned.’
    • ‘Jen's house began to fill up with little earthlings.’
    person, human being, personage, mortal, member of the human race

Pronunciation

earthling

/ˈəːθlɪŋ/