1. Consisting of, or resembling, earth; terrene; earthlike; as, earthy matter.
How pale she looks,Shak.
And of an earthy cold!
All over earthy, like a piece of earth.Tennyson.
2. Of or pertaining to the earth or to, this world; earthly; terrestrial; carnal. [R.] "Their earthy charge."
The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they
also that are earthy.1 Cor. xv. 47, 48 (Rev. Ver. )
Earthy spirits black and envious are.Dryden.
3. Gross; low; unrefined. "Her earthy and abhorred commands." Shak.
4. (Min.) Without luster, or dull and roughish to the touch; as, an earthy fracture.
(Ear"wax`) n. (Anat.) See Cerumen.
(Ear"wig`) n. [AS. eárwicga; eáre ear + wicga beetle, worm: cf. Prov. E. erri-wiggle.]
1. (Zoöl.) Any insect of the genus Forticula and related genera, belonging to the order Euplexoptera.
2. (Zoöl.) In America, any small chilopodous myriapod, esp. of the genus Geophilus.
Both insects are so called from the supposition that they creep into the human ear.
3. A whisperer of insinuations; a secret counselor. Johnson.
(Ear"wig`) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Earwigged ; p. pr. & vb. n. Earwigging ] To influence, or attempt
to influence, by whispered insinuations or private talk. "No longer was he earwigged by the Lord Cravens."
(Ear"wit`ness) n. A witness by means of his ears; one who is within hearing and does hear; a
(Ease) n. [OE. ese, eise, F. aise; akin to Pr. ais, aise, OIt. asio, It. agio; of uncertain origin; cf.
L. ansa handle, occasion, opportunity. Cf. Agio, Disease.]
1. Satisfaction; pleasure; hence, accommodation; entertainment. [Obs.]
They him besoughtChaucer.
Of harbor and or ease as for hire penny.
2. Freedom from anything that pains or troubles; as: (a) Relief from labor or effort; rest; quiet; relaxation; as,
ease of body.
Usefulness comes by labor, wit by ease.Herbert.
Give yourself ease from the fatigue of watching.Swift.
(b) Freedom from care, solicitude, or anything that annoys or disquiets; tranquillity; peace; comfort; security; as,
ease of mind.
Among these nations shalt thou find no ease.Deut. xxviii. 65.
Take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.Luke xii. 19.