Definition of earthy in English:

earthy

adjectiveearthier, earthiest

  • 1Resembling or suggestive of earth or soil.

    ‘an earthy smell’
    • ‘Open the door and breathe in the mossy, earthy smell of saturated soil.’
    • ‘New pest and weed problems appeared, and the soil became harder and lost its earthy smell.’
    • ‘She moved slowly through the darkness, the earthy smell of damp roots and soil all about her.’
    • ‘With specialist ingredients from rare spices through to exotic vegetables and fresh seafood our menu combines earthy, traditional Indian flavours with cutting edge style.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Experts say the earthy smell is caused by geosmin, a chemical produced by a common bacterium, streptomyces coelicolor, found in most soils.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At the time I thought the wine was far too heavy and had an earthy flavour.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A earthy, musky smell exuded from the forest that now surrounded him.’
    • ‘It was faint, barely there, but he could sense the misplaced aroma of foreign spices amid the earthy smells of rain and horse.’
    • ‘The rich, earthy smell of the shampoo Kia always used drifted from her golden hair, tickling the inside of his nostril.’
    • ‘In the gust of wind that followed him, she smelled the earthy scent of a sandalwood perfume, mixed with silk and leather.’
    • ‘He smelled good; earthy and real, no perfume or cologne like Joe's and the other men who had once courted her.’
    • ‘Good compost should smell earthy, even sweet, and should be dark and crumbly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Deep ripe raspberry aromas and peppery spice scents deliver a smooth rounded mouthful of robust earthy raspberry flavours, firm tannins and classic peppery finale.’
    • ‘Take a sniff; if the soil smells rank and sour, instead of earthy, the plants have been over-watered and may have root rot.’
    • ‘All rooms are decorated with natural fibers and earthy colors like adobe and grass green and have wood floors.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, cool and tawny neutrals ground many collections with a natural and earthy element.’
    • ‘Work on the east wing has been completed, restoring the natural, earthy colour of the plaster, and enhancing the red brick.’
    • ‘The trend is for more natural and earthy colors and textures.’
    soil-like, dirtlike
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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 film's earthy language meant it had problems attracting an American distributor.’
    • ‘There's plenty of earthy language, but lots of laughs too.’
    • ‘So she used earthy language and tore off her wig, startling the other members of the court with her informality.’
    • ‘One of the most compelling qualities of the book is its retention from the archives of the earthy language of the people.’
    • ‘It contributed a repertory of immortal songs easily memorable by their combination of direct tunes and earthy good humour.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A bold feminist, Agnes exudes a magnetic, if earthy, sexual attraction, helped no end by her ever-revealing cleavage.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She says what she thinks and has an earthy sense of humour.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One gets from this image a similar ‘patchwork’ promise of extended sadness, of mixed dreams realized in fragments with an earthy vigorous humor.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Their sense of humour is dry and earthy, based on observing the reality of life.’
    • ‘Similarly, the overtures go well, yet the conductor misses something of the earthy humor of the Academic Festival.’
    • ‘He also had a reputation for a decidedly earthy sense of humor.’
    • ‘These outer movements are witty, but the internal ones are either passionate or governed by a more earthy sense of humor.’
    • ‘He was sharply perceptive and had an earthy, sly humour which put an edge on his nice irony.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Her robust, earthy attractiveness roared back to life in earnest as she responded warmly to his embrace.’
    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/