home·​spun | \ ˈhōm-ˌspən How to pronounce homespun (audio) \

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: a loosely woven usually woolen or linen fabric originally made from homespun yarn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

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Examples of homespun in a Sentence

Adjective People enjoy his folksy, homespun manner. dispenses his homespun philosophy of life in a weekly newspaper column
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The homespun program features King preparing meals for her friends and family from the comfort of her kitchen. Carly Roman, Washington Examiner, "'We can heal': MLK's niece calls for unity on uncle's day of remembrance," 18 Jan. 2021 Depending on the light, the magical sheen of Askaripour’s prose can make those bits of homespun advice look wholly sincere or wickedly parodic. Washington Post, "Mateo Askaripour’s ‘Black Buck’ is an irresistible comic novel about the tenacity of racism in corporate America," 4 Jan. 2021 The fireworks happened for homespun economic reasons. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "Our Year in Hell," 31 Dec. 2020 Mamaw was also the source of a bounty of homespun wisdom, such as the earlier quote about family’s importance. Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times, "Family drew Amy Adams and Glenn Close to ‘Hillbilly Elegy.’ (Family, and Terminators.)," 23 Nov. 2020 Warm, fuzzy, and full of creativity, these homespun pieces of art are the perfect addition to any family collection. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, "Crochet Christmas Ornaments Are The Holiday Craft We're Going Crazy For," 14 Nov. 2020 Our third Takeout event will be held Oct. 10 at the Balkan House, the homespun restaurant in Hamtramck known for the Berlin-style döner kebab sandwich. Detroit Free Press, "Top 10 Takeout: Balkan House tickets on sale now," 25 Sep. 2020 Wolff, who often takes a more homespun approach to giving out medical advice, offered some insights into how the virus is spreading. Bruce Selcraig,, "As Labor Day weekend nears, San Antonio officials renew plea to stick to coronavirus precautions," 28 Aug. 2020 Charli has leaned into the oxymoronic idea of homespun rave pop by creating something fun but challenging, fussed-over but also messy, and electronic but also fleshy and visceral. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "How Charli XCX Reinvented the Pop Album in 39 Days," 19 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That same homespun feeling is what Corley and Brooks offer fans, whether in the mammoth AT&T Center or the intimate Freeman Coliseum. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, "Coronavirus, venue change don't stop veteran announcers from calling events at San Antonio's annual rodeo," 13 Feb. 2021 The labels that Stitt designed — beginning with the porter, then Liberty Ale and Old Foghorn in 1975 — have a homespun, old-fashioned feeling to them. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "One artist drew Anchor's beer labels for 45 years. Here's what the 93-year-old thinks of the controversial redesign," 28 Jan. 2021 Kidd is a sort of town crier of the Old West, and Hanks gets one or two speeches that take advantage of his homespun Jimmy Stewartness, exhorting crowds to make their peace with the recent war. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, "A veteran and child become pals in moving Tom Hanks western, 'News of the World'," 11 Jan. 2021 At 70, Patwardhan is nearly the same age as independent India, and his appearance — long hair, youthful face, leather strap sandals, loose homespun cotton tunics — is at once haphazard and hopeful, not unlike the promise of a new republic. New York Times, "India’s Leading Documentary Filmmaker Has a Warning," 1 Dec. 2020 In some corners of the nation, the scrounging has been even more homespun. Amy Goldstein, Anchorage Daily News, "Smallest health providers face biggest problem finding protective gear," 23 Nov. 2020 Face masks aren’t authentic to the 19th century, even if they are made of calico or homespun. Joanne Y. Cleaver,, "Merry Prairie: 19th century Christmas in Indiana gets a health and safety update for 2020," 8 Nov. 2020 The calendar at Mandeville’s homespun brewery is full, with Tuesday trivia, Wednesday bingo, bike crawls and other specials. Ian Mcnulty,, "Cheers! New Orleans brewery taprooms are back, see opening details and what's changed," 23 Oct. 2020 Rhodes soon jumps from local radio to national television, relying on the same combination of the homespun and the irreverent to charm and titillate. Jake Tapper, The Atlantic, "Still Falling for It," 8 Oct. 2020

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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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3 Feb 2021

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“Homespun.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of homespun

: plain and simple


home·​spun | \ ˈhōm-ˌspən How to pronounce homespun (audio) \

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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