hom·​ey | \ˈhō-mē \
variants: or less commonly
homier; homiest

Definition of homey 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : homelike a homey atmosphere also : evocative of home a homey meal

2 : homely sense 3 homey anecdotes


\ˈhō-mē \
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

The food is notable too, with all sorts of twisted versions of Mexican and homey American favorites. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Where to Find the Most Remarkable Margaritas in San Antonio," 19 Oct. 2018 Fort Worth's other homey little Tex-Mex restaurant won a big award. Bud Kennedy, star-telegram, "Here's a new Arlington hangout: burgers, craft beers at Tipsy Oak | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 8 May 2018 In the morning, refreshed from a night in the countryside, have breakfast at the homey Estero Cafe across the street. Brian Coyne, San Francisco Chronicle, "Biking along Marin’s old North Pacific Coast Railroad," 17 May 2018 The van typically has three or four adult cats at a time, or about five kittens, in a homey cafe setting that Pao said puts the cats at ease. Hillary Davis, latimes.com, "Mobile cat cafe perches at Costa Mesa pet expo," 27 Apr. 2018 Enjoy a cuppa tea in the basement crypt, now a homey cafe. Brian Melton, star-telegram, "As London gears up for royal wedding, a look at three villages that helped define it | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 20 Apr. 2018 The intimate living room leads into the homey dining room. Joan Walden, courant.com, "63 Westland Avenue, West Hartford," 19 Jan. 2018 The New Moms Group sits in a circle on a faux-fur rug in the homey, dingy back room. Karen Russell, The New Yorker, "Orange World," 4 June 2017 Lastly, starchy dishes like grits smothered in gravy-rich toppings are another deliciously homey dish perfect for this time of year. Sarah Fritsche, San Francisco Chronicle, "Hearty one-pot meals ease Bay Area’s winter chill," 26 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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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English Language Learners Definition of homey

: comfortable or familiar like home


hom·​ey | \ˈhō-mē \
homier; homiest

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