From Middle English *erthling, from Old English eorþling, yrþling (“husbandman, farmer, ploughman”, literally “one of the earth”), equivalent to earth + -ling and/or Earth + -ling. Cognate with German Erdling (“Earthing”).
Earthling (plural Earthlings)
- An inhabitant of the planet Earth (Generally in science fiction aliens who use the term Earthling look down on the people of earth.)
- Earthican (nonstandard, humorous, science fiction), Terran, Tellurian, see also Wikisaurus:Earthling