What does earthly mean?

Definitions for earthly
ˈɜrθ liearth·ly

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word earthly.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. earthlyadjective

    of or belonging to or characteristic of this earth as distinguished from heaven

    "earthly beings"; "believed that our earthly life is all that matters"; "earthly love"; "our earthly home"


  1. earthlynoun

    A slightest chance (of success etc.) or idea (about something).

  2. earthlyadverb

    in an earthy manner

  3. earthlyadjective

    Relating to the earth or this world, as opposed to heaven.

  4. Etymology: eorþlic, corresponding to.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Earthlyadjective

    Etymology: from earth.

    But I remember now
    I’m in this earthly world, where to do harm
    Is often laudable; to do good, sometime
    Accounted dangerous folly. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    When faith and love, which parted from thee never,
    Had ripen’d thy just soul to dwell with God,
    Meekly thou didst resign this earthly load
    Of death, call’d life. John Milton.

    Our common necessities, and the lack which we all have as well of ghostly as of earthly favours, is in each kind easily known. Richard Hooker.

    You have scarce time
    To steal from spiritual leisure a brief span,
    To keep your earthly audit. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    It must be our solemn business and endeavour, at fit seasons, to turn the stream of our thoughts from earthly towards divine objects. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    Great grace that old man to him given had,
    For God he often saw, from heaven hight,
    All were his earthly eyen both blunt and bad. Fairy Queen.

    Sudden he view’d, in spite of all her art,
    An earthly lover lurking at her heart. Alexander Pope, Ra. of the Lock.

    Oh! if to dance all night, and dress all day,
    Charm’d the small-pox, or chas’d old age away,
    Who would not scorn what housewife’s cares produce?
    Or who would learn one earthly thing of use? Alexander Pope.


  1. earthly

    Earthly refers to something that belongs or relates to the earth, represents worldly or temporal matters as opposed to spiritual or heavenly matters, or something that is possible, real, tangible, or practical in the physical world.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Earthlyadjective

    pertaining to the earth; belonging to this world, or to man's existence on the earth; not heavenly or spiritual; carnal; worldly; as, earthly joys; earthly flowers; earthly praise

  2. Earthlyadjective

    of all things on earth; possible; conceivable

  3. Earthlyadjective

    made of earth; earthy

  4. Earthlyadverb

    in the manner of the earth or its people; worldly

Anagrams for earthly »

  1. lathery

  2. heartly

  3. rathely

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of earthly in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of earthly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of earthly in a Sentence

  1. Henry David Thoreau:

    Nay, be a Columbus to whole new continents and worlds within you, opening new channels, not of trade, but of thought. Every man is the lord of a realm beside which the earthly empire of the Czar is but a petty state, a hummock left by the ice.

  2. Bobby Jindal:

    The Supreme Court decision today conveniently and not surprisingly follows public opinion polls, and tramples on states' rights that were once protected by the 10th Amendment of the Constitution, marriage between a man and a woman was established by God, and no earthly court can alter that.

  3. Leatrice Eiseman:

    This belief started in ancient times, as it was seen as the color reflective of love, both earthly and heavenly. Greek muses wore orange, as did Bacchus, the pagan Roman god, in general terms, a color ascribed to a god perpetuated the hope and belief of immortality.

  4. Homer:

    Nothing feebler than a man does the earth raise up, of all the things which breathe and move on the earth, for he believes that he will never suffer evil in the future, as long as the gods give him success and he flourishes in his strength but when the blessed gods bring sorrows too to pass, even these he bears, against his will, with steadfast spirit, for the thoughts of earthly men are like the day which the father of gods and men brings upon them.

  5. Plato:

    Man...is a tame or civilized animal never the less, he requires proper instruction and a fortunate nature, and then of all animals he becomes the most divine and most civilized but if he be insufficiently or ill- educated he is the most savage of earthly creatures.

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