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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English erthely, erthlich, ierðlich, from Old English eorþlīċ, corresponding to earth +‎ -ly. Cognate with Old Norse jarðligr (earthly).

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈəːθli/
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AdjectiveEdit

earthly (comparative earthlier, superlative earthliest)

  1. Relating to the earth or this world, as opposed to heaven; terrestrial.
    earthly joys
    • (Can we date this quote?) John Milton
      This earthly load / Of death, called life.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Bible, Phil. iii. 19
      whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things
  2. (negative, informal) Used for emphasis
  3. (obsolete) Made of earth; earthy.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Holland to this entry?)

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NounEdit

earthly (plural earthlies)

  1. (Britain, colloquial) A slightest chance (of success etc.) or idea (about something).
    • 1974, GB Edwards, The Book of Ebenezer Le Page, New York 2007, p. 315:
      ‘Then I didn't have a chance when I stood you a drink?’ I said. ‘Not an earthly!’ she said and laughed; but when I left she kissed me good-night.

AdverbEdit

earthly (comparative more earthly, superlative most earthly)

  1. in an earthy manner

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