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
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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