home key


Definition of home key

: one of the eight keys for the characters asdf and jkl; on which the fingers normally rest in starting position for touch typing

called also guide key

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

First Known Use of home key

1910, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about home key

Time Traveler for home key

Time Traveler

The first known use of home key was in 1910

See more words from the same year

Statistics for home key

Cite this Entry

“Home key.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/home%20key. Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

Comments on home key

What made you want to look up home key? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble tiles that read scrabble quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!