What does homely mean?

Definitions for homely
ˈhoʊm lihome·ly

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word homely.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. homely, plainadjective

    lacking in physical beauty or proportion

    "a homely child"; "several of the buildings were downright homely"; "a plain girl with a freckled face"

  2. homelike, homely, homey, homyadjective

    having a feeling of home; cozy and comfortable

    "the homely everyday atmosphere"; "a homey little inn"

  3. homelyadjective

    plain and unpretentious

    "homely truths"; "letters to his son full of homely advice"; "homely fare"

  4. homelyadjective

    without artificial refinement or elegance

    "plain homely furniture"; "homely manners"


  1. homelyadjective

    Characteristic of or belonging to home, domestic.

  2. homelyadjective

    Simple, familiar, unelaborate.

  3. homelyadjective

    Lacking in beauty or elegance, plain in appearance, physically unattractive.

  4. homelyadjective

    Proficient in skills needed to maintain a home (see homemaker).

  5. Etymology: From hom.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Homelyadjective

    Plain; homespun; not elegant; not beautiful; not fine; coarse; rude.

    Etymology: from home.

    Each place handsome without curiosity, and homely without loathsomeness. Philip Sidney.

    Within this wood, out of a rock did rise
    A spring of water, mildly tumbling down;
    Whereto approached not in any wise
    The homely shepherd, nor the ruder clown. Edmund Spenser.

    Like rich hangings in an homely house,
    So was his will in his old feeble body. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    Be plain, good son, and homely in thy drift:
    Riddling confession finds but riddling shrift. William Shakespeare.

    Home-keeping youth have ever homely wits. William Shakespeare.

    Our stomachs will make what’s homely savoury. William Shakespeare.

    It is for homely features to keep home;
    They had their name thence. John Milton.

    It is observed by some, that there is none so homely but loves a looking-glass. Robert South, Sermons.

    Their homely fare dispatch’d, the hungry band
    Invade their trenchers next. John Dryden, Æn. b. vii.

    Now Strephon daily entertains
    His Chloe in the homeli’st strains. Jonathan Swift.

    Homely persons, the more they endeavour to adorn themselves, the more they expose the defects they want to hide. Clar.

  2. Homelyadverb

    Plainly; coarsely; rudely.

    Thus like the god his father, homely drest,
    He strides into the hall a horrid guest. John Dryden, Æn.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Homelynoun

    belonging to, or having the characteristics of, home; domestic; familiar; intimate

  2. Homelynoun

    plain; unpretending; rude in appearance; unpolished; as, a homely garment; a homely house; homely fare; homely manners

  3. Homelynoun

    of plain or coarse features; uncomely; -- contrary to handsome

  4. Homelyadverb

    plainly; rudely; coarsely; as, homely dressed

  5. Etymology: [From Home, n.]

Etymology and Origins

  1. Homely

    An Americanism for “plain,” “ugly;” applied to persons only.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of homely in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of homely in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of homely in a Sentence

  1. Theodore Roosevelt, Speech in Chicago, 3 Apr. 1903:

    There is a homely old adage which runs: "Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far." If the American nation will speak softly, and yet build and keep at a pitch of the highest training a thoroughly efficient navy, the Monroe Doctrine will go far.

  2. Theodore Roosevelt:

    There is a homely old adage which runs Speak softly and carry a big stick you will go far. If the American nation will speak softly, and yet build and keep at a pitch of the highest training a thoroughly efficient navy, the Monroe Doctrine will go far.

  3. Austin O'Malley:

    Show me a genuine case of platonic friendship, and I shall show you two old or homely faces.

  4. William Shakespeare, "The Two Gentlemen of Verona", Act 1 scene 1:

    Home-keeping youth have ever homely wits.

  5. Maya Cooper:

    There are many items that we've had on the menu that were great tasting items but recently we've had a big sodium reduction, trying to get the sodium content on the space menu down, so we've had to reformulate a lot of those items, preserving the taste and the homely comfort food aspects of the food, while making sure that the nutrition is right where we need for it to be.

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