- The definition of down to earth is someone or something that is free of pretension and doesn't put on airs, but who is instead simple and straight-forward.
An example of down to earth is a person who buys a nice cozy farmhouse instead of a giant mansion.
down-to-earth definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- realistic or practical
- without affectation; natural, sincere, etc.
down-to-earth definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- Realistic; sensible.
- a. Not pretentious or affected; straightforward.b. Not overly ornate; simple in style.
down-to-earth - Phrases/Idioms
Also, down-to-earth. Realistic or interested in everyday occurrences, as in She is a very down-to-earth person, not at all involved with the glamour of Hollywood. [1930s]
Back to reality. For example, It's time the employees were brought down to earth concerning the budget. P.G. Wodehouse had this idiom in Very Good, Jeeves! (1930): “I had for some little time been living . . . in another world. I now came down to earth with a bang.” [Late 1920s]