From Middle English *erthling, from Old English yrþling, ierþling, eorþling (“husbandman, farmer, ploughman”, literally “one of the earth”), equivalent to earth + -ling and/or Earth + -ling. Cognate with Dutch aardling (“Earthling”), German Erdling (“Earthing”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɜːθ.lɪŋ/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɝθ.lɪŋ/
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- Hyphenation: Earth‧ling
Earthling (plural Earthlings)
- (especially science fiction) A sentient being who's a member of a species native to Earth.
- (LGBT, slang, rare) A lesbian woman.