Definition of homely
1 : suggestive or characteristic of a place of residence or home
2 : being something familiar with which a person is comfortable and at ease : comfortable and familiar like home satisfy themselves with houses, furniture, books and clothes that were worn and homely and friendly to the touch — Brendan Gill
4 : plain or unattractive in appearance a homely face he's a bit homely
Examples of homely in a Sentence
She has a homely face.
He's a bit homely but nice.
the homely appeal of farm life
Recent Examples of homely from the Web
Exhibits: Windows, a knockoff of Apple's knockoff of Xerox's desktop GUI, and Internet Explorer 3.0, a homely cousin of Netscape's Mozilla.
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First Known Use of homely
HOMELY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of homely for English Language Learners
: not pretty or handsome : plain or unattractive
: plain and simple in an appealing or pleasant way
HOMELY Defined for Kids
Definition of homely for Students
1 : not pretty or handsome a homely face
2 : suggesting home life homely comforts … there it was, a plain, homely little house … — Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting
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