Definition of Homely

1. Adjective. Lacking in physical beauty or proportion. "A plain girl with a freckled face"

Exact synonyms: Plain
Similar to: Unattractive
Derivative terms: Homeliness, Homeliness, Plainness

2. Adjective. Having a feeling of home; cozy and comfortable. "A homey little inn"
Exact synonyms: Homelike, Homey, Homy
Similar to: Comfortable, Comfy
Derivative terms: Home, Home, Home

3. Adjective. Plain and unpretentious. "Homely fare"
Similar to: Plain

4. Adjective. Without artificial refinement or elegance. "Homely manners"
Similar to: Inelegant
Derivative terms: Homeliness

Definition of Homely

1. a. Belonging to, or having the characteristics of, home; domestic; familiar; intimate.

2. adv. Plainly; rudely; coarsely; as, homely dressed.

Definition of Homely

1. Adjective. Characteristic of or belonging to home, domestic. (defdate from early 14th c.) ¹

2. Adjective. Simple, familiar, unelaborate. (defdate from late 14th c.) ¹

3. Adjective. (American English) Lacking in beauty or elegance, plain in appearance, physically unattractive. ¹

4. Adjective. (India) Proficient in skills needed to maintain a home (''see'' homemaker). ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Homely

1. unattractive [adj -LIER, -LIEST] - See also: unattractive

Lexicographical Neighbors of Homely

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homeless youth
homelessly
homelessness
homelessnesses
homelier
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homelife
homelike
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homelinesses
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homelings
homelives
homely (current term)
homelyn
homelyness
homelyns
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homeness
homentropic
homeo-
homeobox
homeobox gene

Literary usage of Homely

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Poetical Works of John Dryden by John Dryden (1909)
"EPILOGUE THO' what our Prologue said was true, Yet, gentlemen, our homely house is I new, A charm that seldom fails with wicked A country lip may have the ..."

2. English Hunger and Industrial Disorders: A Study of Social Conflict During by Walter James Shelton (1922)
"... A homely LIFE" ( To an old air) I won't lead a homely life As father's Jack and mother's Jill, But I will be a fiddler's wife, With music mine at will! ..."

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