earthling

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n earthling an inhabitant of the earth
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word "earthling" was first found in print in 1593.
    • n Earthling An inhabitant of the earth; a mortal. "Earthlings oft her deemed a deity."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n earthling An inhabitant of the earth; a creature of this world; a mortal.
    • n earthling One strongly attached to worldly things; a worldling.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Earthling a dweller on the earth
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Earth, + -ling,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. eorthe; cf. Dut. aarde, Ger. erde.

Usage

In literature:

Perhaps she will never again suffer a poor, unworthy earthling to walk in the shadow of her divine presence.
"The Awakening and Selected Short Stories" by Kate Chopin
Pity the poor earthling caught in the toils of the moral law.
"The Titan" by Theodore Dreiser
Earthlings have forgotten what the great master told them.
"Dorothy's Mystical Adventures in Oz" by Robert J. Evans
He walked silently past, his eyes not even flickering toward the Earthlings.
"Warlord of Kor" by Terry Gene Carr
How can we know the actual number of earthlings that are sceptics?
"The Necessity of Atheism" by Dr. D.M. Brooks
Oh, to be joined in the manner of such earthlings to a Dragon Maid like this!
"The Dragon Painter" by Mary McNeil Fenollosa
No longer was the Earthling a raving maniac, and Nrana made a very common error, an error more civilized beings than he have often made.
"Happy Ending" by Fredric Brown
They pointed them, however, not at the Earthlings, but at the fire-ball which had brought them to Earth!
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930" by Various
A terrific jumble, in which Earthlings and aircars were all tumbled together in mad chaos, a great mass of writhing, green-garbed figures.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, August 1930" by Various
I'll watch this presumptuous Earthling.
"Slaves of Mercury" by Nat Schachner
Become a humdrum landlocked Earthling?
"The Passing of Ku Sui" by Anthony Gilmore
And on far distant Venus two fighting Earthlings stand up against a whole planet run amuck.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, December 1930" by Various
But the two Earthlings knew nothing of this.
"Astounding Stories, July, 1931" by Various
But the Earthling would have preferred the most primitive Earth native to these serpents.
"Skin Game" by Charles E. Fritch
The golden Venusian and the dark haired Earthling.
"The Golden Amazons of Venus" by John Murray Reynolds
Distance, as you Earthlings regard it, is not distance at all.
"Twelve Times Zero" by Howard Carleton Browne
Perhaps, he thought, he was more of an Earthling than three generations of Martian heredity made likely.
"The Ambassador" by Samuel Kimball Merwin
Meikl had learned as much as he could of the socio-economic matrix of the static civilization of the present Earthlings.
"The Ties That Bind" by Walter Miller
He remembered seeing Forential dispose of several captured earthlings.
"Earth Alert!" by Kris Neville
For a fleeting instant he realized that as yet none of the Earthlings had any inkling of what these creatures looked like.
"The Secret of the Ninth Planet" by Donald Allen Wollheim
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In poetry:

O'er life's humblest duties throwing
Light the earthling never knew,
Freshening all its dark waste places
As with Hermon's dew.
"To ------," by John Greenleaf Whittier
Yet, Pierrot,
The mighty Mother now
Hath her in care somehow.
Listen, and clear that brow:
'O earthling, grieve not thou,
Poor Pierrot!
"At Columbine's Grave" by Bliss William Carman
For deep within your dales, where lies
A valiant earthling stark and dumb,
This savage undiscerning heart
Is with the silent chiefs who come
"A Seamark" by Bliss William Carman
Sing, earthlings, sing!
To-night a King
Hath come from heaven's high throne to bless us.
The outstretched hand
O'er all the land
Is raised in pity to caress us.
"Christmas Carol" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Heaven-lent, for Heaven they held their dream,
Though their vesture, e'en purple, marked it not:
The earthlings one in fortune seem,
But are forgone -- no gold, no gleam!
"Introit : VI. The Great" by Thomas MacDonagh

In news:

Responsibility for the first mistake made by an earthling on an extraterrestrial body.
Newly discovered planets are becoming ever smaller, lighter, and more familiar to us earthlings.
The biggest problem, though, is that Bud can't tell anyone he's from Earth, since Earthlings are the most feared beings in the whole galaxy.
A comet streaking through the sky turns earthlings into Lovecraft-style mutants in upcoming SciFi horror flick Dead Shadows.
About a month ago the Nashville five-piece Honey Locust played a show at Fairchild Chapel with Calvin Johnson and the Hive Dwellers and Erin Earthling.
THE concepts of time, of beauty, of dramatic narrative have a meaning for Rosamond Kinzler that many earthlings would consider unconventional.
Earthlings might be scrambling to find liquid hydrocarbons buried in our planet, but Saturn's moon Titan has plenty to spare.
Earthling Nothingness Macro Dub Infection.
It's more of a science fiction–type term — Tremble, Earthling, before the infinite might of Galaxor.
NASA's Curiosity rover has transmitted a low-resolution video showing the last 2 1/2 minutes of its white-knuckle dive through the Martian atmosphere, giving earthlings a sneak peek of a spacecraft landing on another world.
NASA's Curiosity rover on Monday transmitted a low-resolution video showing the last 2 1/2 minutes of its white-knuckle dive through the Mars atmosphere, giving Earthlings a sneak peek of a spacecraft landing on another world.
When earthlings finally settle on another planet to search for signs of life, Penny Boston knows what they should look for and where, and Berok Khoshnevis how to shelter them in style while they do.
Look to the heavens this week and you may see something no earthling has seen before -- meteors from the comet Wirtanen.
And, as most Middle Earthlings know, it is based on the beloved book by J.R.R.
On July 15, Earthlings could see the visible planets come close to kissing the moon .
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In science:

It has been over 40 years since Cocconi and Morrison (1959) argued that Earthlings should be able to pick up radio signals with (then) current technology if the signals were beamed to us by a distant alien civilization.
Astrophysics in 2006
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