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hom·​ey ˈhō-mē How to pronounce homey (audio)
variants or less commonly homy
homier; homiest
: homelike
a homey atmosphere
also : evocative of home
a homey meal
: homely sense 3
homey anecdotes
homeyness noun
or hominess


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variants or homie
plural homeys or homies

Examples of homey in a Sentence

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Your preschooler will get plenty of playtime in this homey tent, which is decorated like a house with a bird bath, a tire swing, and other lovely illustrations on the sides. Tanya Edwards, Parents, 25 Nov. 2023 Since the restaurant opened in 1977, it’s been famous for its kosher food and its kitschy, homey style that Leah purposefully designed. Keith Langston, Peoplemag, 24 Nov. 2023 Bring this aesthetic to your office space for a homey refuge that feels just right. Abby Wilson, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Nov. 2023 The venue was a homey basement filled with friends and fans who definitely weren’t seeing either artist for the first time. Alphonse Pierre, Pitchfork, 3 Nov. 2023 Carey also swapped out the high-drama ensemble for festive jammies for the shoot, which shows the mom of two and her teens in homey holiday settings. Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 23 Oct. 2023 This homey pumpkin layer cake is made with brown sugar, cinnamon, and buttermilk for a fragrant, warmly spiced, not-too-sweet treat. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 22 Oct. 2023 Garden gazing balls by Sula Bermúdez-Silverman are grasped by the upright claws of an imperial eagle, the spheres filled with homey substances like hair gel and studded with effete fragments of colonial treasure — bits of coral or silver sugar tongs. Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 3 Oct. 2023 So much of Roman Jewish food has that homey vibe—for example the stracotto di manzo, the beef stew that has almost nothing in it, but tastes so complex. Jessica Carbone, Saveur, 21 Sep. 2023
Scented with Douglas fir, eucalyptus, pine, and cedar, this choice has a rustic, homey feel to it. Jamie Fischer, Southern Living, 22 Nov. 2023 In these times when a burger can run you $25, when dining rooms are giving way to drive-throughs and when your waiter may turn out to be a robot, Luby’s remains more or less unchanged from its beginnings nearly a century ago — serving traditional and inexpensive dishes in a homey setting. Priya Krishna, New York Times, 20 Nov. 2023 Cheery red paper garlands add a unique homey touch to trees or tables. Sophia Beams, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 Oct. 2023 The pumpkins create the homey, fall look, but a sleek glass dome adds a touch of class and formality. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 26 Oct. 2023 Stockings hung on the hearth always invokes a homey feel. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 2 Oct. 2023 And for decor to use all through the fall, there’s a homey welcome mat, a unique light-up pumpkin, and buffalo check pillow covers. Clara McMahon, Peoplemag, 9 Sep. 2023 The vibe is youthful and homey, with bamboo and wicker furniture, family photos, and artwork from Buontempo’s personal collection. Laura Itzkowitz, Travel + Leisure, 19 July 2023 These delicious recipes are impressive enough for entertaining but also work as a homey, everyday snack, an easy breakfast, or a quick dessert. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 30 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History



by shortening & alteration

First Known Use


1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1929, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of homey was in 1856

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Cite this Entry

“Homey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homey. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


homier; homiest
: resembling or suggestive of a home
homeyness noun
or hominess

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