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

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The relaxed environment feels homey and immensely welcoming, as if BTS opened up their private retreat up to the public to take part in. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "BTS Commemorate 6th Anniversary With Reflective 'Bangtan Attic' Video," 12 June 2019 An 1873 structure tied to San Antonio’s old Irish community downtown, housing a homey little mom-and-pop Mexican restaurant, appears safe from demolition — at least for now. Scott Huddleston, ExpressNews.com, "A downtown San Antonio restaurant is safe from bulldozers for now," 11 June 2019 The Fashion Valley location has an upscale look in keeping with that mall, but the new Del Mar location has a homey country feel, with a large family-friendly dining patio in keeping with the open-air style of the One Paseo development. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "North Italia, Mendocino farms open in new North County shopping centers," 6 June 2019 There are no homey peasant bonfires in Cybernetic Grandma (1962), an exercise in cold, white, geometrical vistas that anticipate the chilly 2001: A Space Odyssey. J.r. Jones, Chicago Reader, "Animator Jiří Trnka created magical worlds amid stifling communist censorship," 31 May 2018 Incandescent light bulbs might give off a nice homey glow, but only 5 percent of their energy consumption is actually converted into light. Barbara Eldredge, Curbed, "How to save on utility bills," 25 Jan. 2019 The 16th-floor gym offered three treadmills, two ellipticals, one bike, a solid weight set, good sunrise views and homey touches like a bowl of apples. New York Times, "An Ottawa Hotel Is an Ode to Canada," 2 June 2018 But its adherence to period style is balanced with a homey cabin vibe, which secures its place in California’s legacy of casual-yet-architecturally stunning beach town homes. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Rustic midcentury cabin minutes from beach asks $798K," 20 Nov. 2018 Though obviously staged, there's still something homey about the rooms. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Peek Inside Prince Charles and Camilla's Private Library on a New Virtual Tour of Clarence House," 13 Nov. 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

chiefly US : comfortable or familiar like home


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

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