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Definition of "down-to-earth" []

  • Realistic; sensible. (adjective)
  • Not pretentious or affected; straightforward. (adjective)
  • Not overly ornate; simple in style. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "down-to-earth" in a sentence
  • "Where Jobs is famous for his explosive temper, firing employees on the spot, Cook is described as down-to-earth and soft-spoken."
  • "A friend of mine, someone I’d describe as down-to-earth—a hippie, in all the good ways—recently told me that she’d finally gotten a dog."
  • "The author's language is down-to-earth but never earthbound, and Gallaway's characters are passionate and funny."
Words like "down-to-earth"
have one's feet on the ground
have one's head in the clouds