down-home

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adjective \ ˈdau̇n-ˌhōm \

Definition of down-home

:of, relating to, or having qualities (such as informality and simplicity) associated with rural or small-town people especially of the Southern U.S.
  • down-home country cooking
; broadly :simple, unpretentious

First Known Use of down-home

1938


DOWN-HOME Defined for English Language Learners

down-home

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adjective

Definition of down-home for English Language Learners

  • : simple and informal in a way that reminds people of life in a small town or in the country especially in the southern U.S.



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