AskDefine | Define earthling

Dictionary Definition

earthling n : an inhabitant of the earth [syn: tellurian, earthman]

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Etymology

Earth + -ling

Pronunciation

  • /ˈɜːθ.lɪŋ/,"3:T.lIN/

Proper noun

  1. An inhabitant of the planet Earth

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Extensive Definition

The word earthling refers to an inhabitant of Earth. It has been used since the 16th century primarily in the sense of mortal human as opposed to God or deities, but in the 20th century began to be used by science fiction writers to express a disdainful or patronising tone used by aliens towards creatures from Earth (usually in reference to humans).

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earthling in German: Erdling

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