home·spun | \ˈhōm-ˌspən \

Definition of homespun 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : spun or made at home

b : made of homespun

2 : simple, homely homespun philosophy



Definition of homespun (Entry 2 of 2)

: a loosely woven usually woolen or linen fabric originally made from homespun yarn

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Synonyms for homespun

Synonyms: Adjective

cracker-barrel, down-home, folksy

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Examples of homespun in a Sentence


People enjoy his folksy, homespun manner. dispenses his homespun philosophy of life in a weekly newspaper column

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Because of its Appalachia setting and Vance’s homespun tales of his grandparents, the book became seen as a kind of ultimate explanation of why Trump won in 2016. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Donald Trump paints the border as a lawless hellhole. But so does American pop culture.," 22 June 2018 Some diners might say bread wet with drippings is too homespun for a dish that costs $68. New York Times, "It’s Not Fake French, It’s Frenchette," 10 July 2018 Step right up to the counter and pick your pie, then in a few minutes your homespun food gets delivered with a friendly dose of Southern hospitality. James Patrick Kelly, idahostatesman, "Boise Pie Co. shows its Southern roots, bakes up delicious desserts," 12 July 2018 Monica Russo's restaurants are often compared to homespun Nonna Tata in Fort Worth. Bud Kennedy, star-telegram, "The 'home of the Fred Burger' turns 40. Have a $5 cheeseburger to celebrate," 4 July 2018 There will never be another Lacroix, nor will there be another crystal cross like his, but for those seeking to channel its spirit and salute the Costume Institute show, one independent designer is making a fresh, homespun update on the look. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Feeling Inspired By the Met Ball to Wear a Cross on Your Clothes? This Downtown New York City Designer Has You Covered," 18 May 2018 Julian serves up a slice of Mayberry with a homespun bash that includes a parade, a dance and the unfurling of a 30-by-60-foot American flag. Karla Peterson,, "On the Fourth of July, count your San Diego blessings," 2 July 2018 Big Gay Supper Club beckons guests out of the city to Megan Jo Collum and Jess Emrich’s property in New Milford, Conn., for homespun barbecues, potlucks and performances. Jeremy Allen, New York Times, "Building a Table for All: The Ascent of Queer Food Culture," 21 June 2018 These were the guiding principles of Rogers’s homespun program, which eschewed the kinetic high jinks of so much of kids’ television (Rogers apparently hated superheroes). Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Won’t You Be My Neighbor?," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of homespun


circa 1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1651, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of homespun was circa 1589

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English Language Learners Definition of homespun

: plain and simple


home·spun | \ˈhōm-ˌspən \

Kids Definition of homespun

1 : made at home

2 : made of a loosely woven fabric originally made from yarn spun at home

3 : not fancy : simple homespun humor

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