Definition of “earthly” - English Dictionary

“earthly” in British English

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earthlyadjective

uk /ˈɜːθ.li/ us /ˈɝːθ.li/

literary happening in or relating to this world and this physical life, not in heaven or relating to a spiritual life:

his earthly existence
earthly powers

used in questions or negatives to mean possible:

What earthly reason can she have for being so horrible to you?

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(Definition of “earthly” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“earthly” in American English

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earthlyadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈɜrθ·li/

earthly adjective [ not gradable ] (POSSIBLE)

(used in questions or negatives) possible:

What earthly reason can she have for being so rude?

earthly adjective [ not gradable ] (OF PHYSICAL WORLD)

happening in or related to the physical world or real life:

All my earthly possessions are in that moving van.

(Definition of “earthly” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)