• (British) IPA: /ˈəːθli/

earthly (comparative earthlier, superlative earthliest)

  1. Relating to the earth or this world, as opposed to heaven; terrestrial.
    earthly joys
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Philippians 3:18–19 ↗:
      (For many walke, of whome I haue told you often, and now tell you euen weeping, that they are the enemies of the crosse of Christ: / Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glorie is in their shame, who minde earthly things.)
  2. (negative, informal) Used for emphasis
  3. (obsolete) Made of earth; earthy.
Translations Noun

earthly (plural earthlies)

  1. (collective or in the plural) That which is of the earth or earthly; a terrestrial being.
  2. (UK, 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.


  1. in an earthly manner

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