homely

adjective home·ly \ ˈhōm-lē \

Definition of homely

homelier; homeliest
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
3 a : free from affectation : unaffectedly natural : simple
  • plain, homely prose
b : not elaborate or complex
  • homely virtues
4 : plain or unattractive in appearance
  • a homely face
  • he's a bit homely

homeliness

noun

Examples of homely in a Sentence

  1. She has a homely face.

  2. He's a bit homely but nice.

  3. the homely appeal of farm life

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First Known Use of homely

14th century


HOMELY Defined for English Language Learners

homely

adjective

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

homely

adjective home·ly \ ˈhōm-lē \

Definition of homely for Students

homelier; homeliest
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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