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

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 The Roost Apartment Hotel, for example, has furnished units with a vintage, homey feel. Josh Rosenblat, Philly.com, "Where to stay in Philadelphia," 27 June 2018 In addition to authentic eats and a homey feel, the restaurant offers a full bar featuring specialty drinks created by Tony Rusidovski and his sister, Jeta Rusidovski. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "It's about family at Vivere Italian Restaurant in Oak Creek — and, of course, a chef who sings to his soup," 10 Apr. 2018 Every aspect adds to the homey vibe—from the cheery, helpful staff to the simple, bright decor. Susannah Rigg, Condé Nast Traveler, "19 Best Boutique Hotels in Mexico City," 27 Feb. 2018 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

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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