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
The animals EDGE actively promoted fared better with potential donors—including some homely ones.
A blind Chihuahua-Chinese Crested mix named Sweepee Rambo bested 16 other homely hounds in last year’s competition and waddled away with $1,500, a trophy and a flight to New York with her owner, Jason Wurtz, for media appearances.
The Nissan’s homely styling carries over, the interior remains a depressing haven of cheap plastics and parts-bin pieces, and its dynamic abilities are no better than before.
The women are thus free to practice their homely skills, such as leaning sideways from the saddle of a galloping horse until their heads are on a level with their stirrups and then, from this comfortable position, loosing off an arrow at the target.
There are true glam items — an apparitionally perfect marble kouros; a cup attributed to the great Penthesilea Painter — but also homely ones: pottery shards with inscriptions, that kind of thing.
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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