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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homeyness or hominess noun

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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Stop on over to Waffle House for a homey diner experience with your family. Taysha Murtaugh And Nicol Natale, Woman's Day, "15 Restaurants Open for Easter Brunch Near Me," 11 Feb. 2019 My journey started slow, a succulent here and there to make my college dorm feel more homey. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "I Can't Stop Buying Plants Even Though They Always Die," 9 Jan. 2019 Centered around lush courtyards, the dwellings have thoughtfully been arranged as spacious rooms and suites that feel grand and yet homey. Jaimie Potters, ELLE Decor, "A Design Lover's Guide to Visiting San Miguel de Allende," 7 Jan. 2019 White shutters give the huge windows a nice, homey touch. Jim Byers, chicagotribune.com, "Toronto's hotel scene heats up with 4 exciting newcomers," 7 June 2018 The château itself is a curious blend of homey and grand. Jay Mcinerney, Town & Country, "A New Era Begins at Château Lafite as Baron de Rothschild Hands Leadership Over to His Daughter," 13 Aug. 2018 Adding their own furniture like a white futon couch helped with this stressful scenario of turning standard-issue dorm furniture into a homey refuge. Katelyn Chef, Teen Vogue, "Mississippi State University Dorm Decor," 22 Aug. 2018 The Cambridges' stays at Anmer Hall are usually homey and casual. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton and Prince William Just Kicked Off Their Staycation," 9 Aug. 2018 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

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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