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

Examples of homey in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective These authentic gestures felt very homey, warm and real. Jane Hanson, Forbes, "And The Golden Globe For Best Presenter Goes To…," 1 Mar. 2021 Even for those of us who adhere to a sense of normalcy by getting dressed up, chances are, feeling homey in your outfits is giving you a literal sense of comfort—and that’s where Verishop’s Early Summer Sale comes in. Glamour, "Verishop’s Early Summer Sale Will Instantly Upgrade Your WFH Wardrobe," 13 May 2020 But the house had high ceilings and large windows, and the client preferred a light-gray color palette — not necessarily an ideal recipe for what might be homey. New York Times, "Tired of Winter? Here’s How to Make Your Home a Haven," 7 Feb. 2020 As in many lobbies, there’s homey decor touches in rooms, too. Washington Post, "Hotel design trends: Lobbies and rooms with a point of view," 29 Jan. 2020 Some of the appliances and fixtures on view didn’t seem especially homey to me. Benjamin Lima, Dallas News, "Enjoy the Dallas Museum of Art’s exploration of home from the comfort of yours," 29 Apr. 2020 Joining Jackie on this mission is Walter, the soldier at the heart of season 1, who was last seen living a homey, small-town life. Derek Lawrence, EW.com, "Janelle Monáe searches for the truth in ominous Homecoming season 2 teaser," 8 Apr. 2020 White's Golden Rule Cafe has a homey, no-frills interior with brown booth seats and a diner-style counter table in front of the kitchen. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, "55 years of faith and fried chicken: How the family behind Phoenix soul food has endured," 6 Apr. 2020 Something that felt fun and homey, the rest of the team agreed. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "This LA taco spot is selling Emergency Taco Kits, complete with 4 toilet paper rolls and 30 eggs," 17 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And who wouldn’t want that imbued into these homey, Hebrew dumplings? Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "2 ways to make matzoh balls for Passover," 24 Mar. 2021 Truman was certainly here the most – trading the White House in Washington, D.C., for the little one in Key West for 175 days over 11 visits between 1946 and 1952 – and gave it its enduring Midwestern homey style. Mark Gauert, sun-sentinel.com, "The president’s other house: A trip to Harry S. Truman’s Little White House in Key West," 2 Mar. 2021 Along Highway 1, peeking out beyond the southernmost tip of Tomales Bay, is Point Reyes Vineyards, where sloping rows of Champagne grapes overlook a homey, Tuscan-farmhouse-style tasting room and a small inn. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "Point Reyes is not a wine destination. This vintner says climate change could make it one," 12 Feb. 2021 Seated at a piano in a homey-looking stage set-up, the singer delivered the introspective pop ballad. Lyndsey Havens, Billboard, "Shawn Mendes Delivers Soaring Performance of 'Wonder' at the 2020 AMAs," 22 Nov. 2020 Fresh flowers can instantly make a space feel more homey and relaxing. Amanda Tarlton, USA TODAY, "12 things that will make your home more relaxing," 6 Nov. 2020 Frank’s Falafel House has been open for business for the past decade, serving its homey Middle Eastern dishes to the nearby Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "14 places to order falafel in Greater Cleveland," 26 Aug. 2020 The design includes warm oak floors and textural wallcoverings that add a homey feel to this space intended for client presentations. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "The Final Reveals from the Spring 2020 One Room Challenge Offer So Much Interior Design Inspiration," 24 June 2020 The range of home goods highlights collaborations with British makers and artisans around the globe who have a similar homey sensibility, as well as classics like striped ticking bedding and enameled tableware. Eugenia Santiesteban Soto, Better Homes & Gardens, "4 British Home Design Brands You Can Shop on This Side of the Atlantic," 17 June 2020

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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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10 Mar 2021

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“Homey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homey. Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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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) \
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