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Definition of HOMELY

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Homely \Home"ly\, a. [Compar. {Homelier}; superl. {Homeliest}.] [From {Home}, n.]
     1. Belonging to, or having the characteristics of, home; domestic; familiar; intimate. [Archaic] [1913 Webster]

              With all these men I was right homely, and communed with, them long and oft.              --Foxe. [1913 Webster]

              Their homely joys, and destiny obscure. --Gray. [1913 Webster]

     2. Plain; unpretending; rude in appearance; unpolished; as, a homely garment; a homely house; homely fare; homely manners. [1913 Webster]

              Now Strephon daily entertains
              His Chloe in the homeliest strains.   --Pope. [1913 Webster]

     3. Of plain or coarse features; uncomely; ugly; -- usually used of people, especially women; -- contrary to {handsome}. [1913 Webster]

              None so homely but loves a looking-glass. --South. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Homely \Home"ly\, adv.
     Plainly; rudely; coarsely; as, homely dressed. [R.]
     --Spenser.
     [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

204 Moby Thesaurus words for "homely":
     Attic, Babbittish, Bohemian, Philistine, Spartan, affable, amiable, ascetic, austere, bald, bare, baseborn, basic, beautiless, below the salt, blemished, blotted, bourgeois, cacophonic, cacophonous, campy, candid, casual, chaste, cheerful, classic, classical, cockney, comfortable, comfy, commodious, common, commonplace, congenial, contented, convenient, cordial, cosy, cozy, cushioned, cushiony, cushy, defaced, degage, direct, disfigured, domestic, dry, dull, dysphemistic, dysphemized, easeful, easy, easygoing, elementary, essential, everyday, familiar, folksy, frank, free and easy, friendly, fundamental, garden, garden-variety, general, gracious, haymish, high-camp, homelike, homespun, homey, homish, homogeneous, household, humble, humble-looking, humble-visaged, humblest, ill-favored, indivisible, inelegant, informal, inglorious, innocuous, intimate, irreducible, irregular, kitschy, lean, least, lived-in, loose, low, low-camp, lowborn, lowbred, lowest, lowliest, lowly, luxurious, marred, matter-of-fact, mean, mere, modest, monolithic, natural, neat, nonclerical, nondescript, of a piece, offhand, offhanded, open, ordinary, peaceful, plain, plain-speaking, plain-spoken, plebeian, poor, pop, popular, primal, primary, prosaic, prosing, prosy, public, pure, pure and simple, relaxed, relaxing, reposeful, restful, roomy, rude, rustic, serene, severe, shabby-genteel, short on looks, simon-pure, simple, simple-speaking, single, small, snug, sober, sociable, soft, spare, spoiled, stark, straightforward, teachable, third-estate, tranquil, uglified, ugly, ugly as hell, ugly as sin, unadorned, unaesthetic, unaffected, unalluring, unassuming, unattractive, unbeauteous, unbeautiful, unceremonious, uncluttered, uncomely, unconstrained, unconventional, undifferenced, undifferentiated, undistinguished, unelaborate, ungarnished, ungenteel, unhandsome, uniform, unimaginative, unimportant, unlovely, unofficial, unornamented, unostentatious, unpleasing, unpoetical, unpretending, unpretentious, unpretty, unsightly, unsophisticated, unstudied, unvarnished, vernacular, vulgar, warm, workaday, workday


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