hom·​ey | \ ˈhō-mē How to pronounce homey (audio) \
variants: or less commonly
homier; homiest

Definition of homey

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1 : homelike a homey atmosphere also : evocative of home a homey meal
2 : homely sense 3 homey anecdotes


\ ˈhō-mē How to pronounce homey (audio) \
variants: or homie
plural homeys or homies

Definition of homey (Entry 2 of 2)

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Other Words from homey


homeyness or hominess noun

Examples of homey in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective This homey restaurant serves breakfast favorites and comfort food at its third and newest location. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, "Tacos and sandwiches: 32 restaurants and bars that opened in December 2019 in metro Phoenix," 2 Jan. 2020 Loaded with vegetables and a little protein, the light, brothy soups signal homey comfort. Andrea Nguyen, Bon Appétit, "My Favorite Soup is Brothy, Gingery, and Ready in 30 Minutes," 17 Dec. 2019 The coffeehouse is a stage for literary readings, a game night hangout and a place that feels at once homey and off the beaten path. Trevor Fraser, orlandosentinel.com, "Espresso Old Fashioned a unique comfort at Stardust Video & Coffee in Orlando," 15 Aug. 2019 The stew is homey, warmed by the complex and lightly piquant ras el hanout spice, and sometimes topped with an arrangement of frisee that makes the bowl look almost nest-like. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Aziza: Resurrection," 6 Dec. 2019 All About Dinner is a simple, homey book whose forgiving recipes are undergirded by years of thought and learning by doing. Corby Kummer, The Atlantic, "The 5 Best Cookbooks of 2019," 11 Dec. 2019 The tweet that followed turned the squeal into a homey imaginary scene. Wired, "The Woman Who Souped Up Baby Yoda's Popularity," 6 Dec. 2019 Turkey and Stuffing Strata This homey combo of leftover turkey and stuffing is held together with a mixture of gravy and eggs that turns custard-like when baked. Grant Butler, oregonlive, "35 Thanksgiving leftovers recipes that turn turkey and all the trimmings into something new," 28 Nov. 2019 The restaurant is homey and the atmosphere laid-back. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, "Amelia Island: A weekend retreat under $500," 20 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And there’s one inside joke carefully tucked away: A car’s license plate, BHC2001, is a little shoutout to a fellow artist’s high school homeys, the Big Hippie Crew. Bruce Selcraig, ExpressNews.com, "Fire station mural paints tragedy of a dangerous San Antonio road," 26 Nov. 2019 One of Vin Diesel's jacked homeys wears two tank tops at the same time. Peter Opaskar, Ars Technica, "What I learned about cars watching all 8 Fast & Furious movies in 4 days," 2 Aug. 2019 Her homeys were the hippest, from Leonard Cohen to open-shirted philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy and impenetrable novelist Nathalie Sarraute. Joshua Levine, WSJ, "How Sonia Rykiel’s Artistic Director is Earning Her Stripes," 19 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of homey


1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1929, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for homey


by shortening & alteration

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The first known use of homey was in 1856

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17 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Homey.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homey. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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How to pronounce homey (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of homey

chiefly US : comfortable or familiar like home


hom·​ey | \ ˈhō-mē How to pronounce homey (audio) \
homier; homiest

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