Definition of


  1. (noun, person) an inhabitant of the earth

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Synonyms of Earthling

earthman, tellurian, worldling

Alternate forms of Earthling

Derivations: earth

Hypernyms: denizen, dweller, habitant, indweller, inhabitant

Origin of the word Earthling

  1. O.E. eyr?ling "plowman" (see earth); the sense of "inhabitant of the earth" is from 1590s. Earthman was originally (1860) "a demon who lives in the earth;" science fiction sense of "inhabitant of the planet Earth" first attested 1949 in writing of Robert Heinlein. more

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