Definition of homely
- satisfy themselves with houses, furniture, books and clothes that were worn and homely and friendly to the touch
- —Brendan Gill
- homely virtues
- a homely face
- he's a bit homely
She has a homely face.
He's a bit homely but nice.
the homely appeal of farm life
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aesthetic (also esthetic), attractive, beauteous, beautiful, bonny (also bonnie) [chiefly British], comely, cute, fair, fetching, good-looking, goodly, gorgeous, handsome, knockout, lovely, pretty, ravishing, seemly, sightly, stunning, taking, well-favored;
abhorrent, abominable, appalling, awful, disgusting, distasteful, dreadful, gross, horrible, horrid, loathsome, nauseating, nauseous, noisome, repellent (also repellant), repugnant, repulsive, revolting, sickening;
: not pretty or handsome : plain or unattractive
: plain and simple in an appealing or pleasant way
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