Definition of homely in English:

homely

adjective

  • 1British (of a place or surroundings) simple but cosy and comfortable, as in one's own home.

    ‘a modern hotel with a homely atmosphere’
    • ‘Use of warm, dim lighting goes some way to mask the ugly furnishings, creating a cosy, homely, inviting atmosphere.’
    • ‘There's a warm and homely atmosphere to go with the fare of traditional country cooking and game.’
    • ‘With wooden flooring and large comfortable sofas, it offers a modern atmosphere but with a cosy, homely feel.’
    • ‘Our tutors specialise in teaching beginners in a very relaxed homely atmosphere.’
    • ‘She felt a sense of pride in the homely environment she had created.’
    • ‘The ethos is based on caring, socialisation and education in a homely environment, and each member of staff shows endless patience, love and commitment to our children.’
    • ‘To the right is the living room, a homely space with an open fireplace and large, comfortable armchairs.’
    • ‘Contact sessions are held in purposefully homely rooms with comfortable easy chairs and lots of toys, games and activities.’
    • ‘People are encouraged to use the centre on an informal basis where they can meet professionally trained people in a relaxed, calm and homely atmosphere.’
    • ‘The whole place had a very homely, cosy feel to it, and I just became accustomed to the rooms being unfinished.’
    • ‘It is one of the most homely places in town where a warm welcome and friendly smile awaits all visitors.’
    • ‘The entire living room was very homely and pleasant, with large windows that let in the afternoon light.’
    • ‘Gillian loves the unique, homely atmosphere there and says she likes to think the pub is nothing like standard pub chains.’
    • ‘The tables are plain pine, giving the whole restaurant a homely, farmhouse-kitchen feel.’
    • ‘He went to the Pennine School in Wakefield, a Steiner school offering vocational training in a friendly, homely environment.’
    • ‘It had a nice, homely atmosphere to it, and seemed friendly and welcoming.’
    • ‘She pointed out that the scheme also gives young people with intellectual disabilities an enjoyable break in a homely atmosphere.’
    • ‘There is a homely atmosphere and you soon feel at ease.’
    • ‘Refreshments are served in a nice homely atmosphere.’
    • ‘She said hospital guides have shown that patients recover much more quickly in a normal, homely atmosphere.’
    • ‘As well as providing a homely environment, the project enables residents to pick up the skills they will need when they come to live independently.’
    cosy, homelike, homey, comfortable, snug, welcoming, friendly, congenial, hospitable, informal, relaxed, intimate, warm, pleasant, cheerful
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    1. 1.1 Simple and unpretentious.
      ‘homely pleasures’
      • ‘She is the kind of homely, unassuming woman you would pass in the street.’
      • ‘Kate had a generosity of spirit that reached out to many and she was homely and welcoming to a fault.’
      • ‘Surprisingly, then, it behoves the discerning reader to gravitate toward books that are homely.’
      • ‘The Chinese have an ordinary homely dish made of fish head stewed with tofu, which is bland and believed to be healthy.’
      • ‘Eisenhower is seen as homely, modest and more at home as a coalition leader than as a field commander.’
      • ‘A simple analogy or a homely metaphor does the trick to invite the reader to share his views, opinions, judgement and comments.’
      • ‘His appeal to his listening public as brothers and sisters was an attempt to appear homely, patriotic, and even rather non-political.’
      • ‘He was a much loved figure, witty, kind-hearted, and absent-minded, and his satires are plain, clear, homely, and predominantly good-natured.’
      • ‘But even simple home-cooking is something that the French have perfected into an art and the homely meals whipped up by housewives in their kitchens in France are as delicious as they come.’
      • ‘Proper linen napkins were teamed with mismatched cutlery and homely plates, adding to the unpretentious but stylish character of the place.’
      • ‘I would a thousand times rather have a homely girl, simply brought up, than a learned lady and a wit who would make a literary circle of my house and install herself as its president.’
      • ‘Nestled among her descriptions of food at posh New York restaurants is a handful of recipes for the simple, homely food that she cooks at home.’
      • ‘In Bulgaria the cooks go crazy with this homely vegetable, shoving it on everything from salads and sandwiches to slices of pizza.’
      • ‘It's an outgrowth of a philosophy that doesn't discriminate between what's homely and domestic and what's grand and public.’
      • ‘Describing his cooking as a homely and comforting blend of English and European, Mark is passionate about his trade and prides himself as someone who does not compromise on quality.’
      • ‘Mary was blessed with a natural and homely disposition.’
      • ‘The family quiz show that was being aired by Asianet had been one of those homely shows which had found favour with family audiences.’
      • ‘It is mostly used for the plainer and more homely cakes such as Victoria sandwich cakes.’
      • ‘I came back to the city sitting on a crate of organic asparagus and listening to a homely, hippie couple bicker in the back seat.’
      • ‘‘I am a homely person who likes to be surrounded by her friends and family members,’ says the actress.’
      unsophisticated, everyday, ordinary, domestic, plain, simple, modest, natural, down-to-earth, homespun, folksy, unrefined, unpretentious, unaffected, unassuming
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  • 2North American (of a person) unattractive in appearance.

    • ‘The young boy sits in his elder's lap and looks into his face with trust and love despite the man's strikingly homely appearance, marked by a bulbous nose covered with warts and blisters.’
    • ‘It seemed as if just a month ago I was an underrated, homely girl with nothing but a dream.’
    • ‘She was angered at the balance the homely girl displayed.’
    • ‘The other teenage boy, a homely lad with a very unpleasant-looking big nose, looked as if a bomb had just exploded next to him.’
    • ‘Not for the first time, I wished I was homely and forgettable.’
    • ‘One bite of this will be sure to turn even the most staid, homely lady into a volcanic sex pot instantly.’
    • ‘She wasn't an ugly girl… just a bit unusual and homely at times, but never ugly.’
    • ‘Juanita Montoya was a plump, homely woman who always wore cotton dresses and perfume that she'd brought with her from Mexico - she hadn't accepted the American way quite yet.’
    • ‘They were weird little guys, homely men with pot bellies and wispy tinted hair.’
    • ‘People didn't look at you that way if they thought you were plain and homely.’
    • ‘At first glance, it would seem that the decision to cast the luminous Greta Garbo as the homely Christina is Hollywood historical revisionism at its most overt.’
    • ‘Unlike most guys, Alex will be just as nice to the homely girls as he is to the popular ones.’
    • ‘Donald Legg was a homely man, his nose was too large for his face.’
    • ‘They are far from ugly but compared to my mother's side of the family, they are simple and homely.’
    • ‘She had the same look, the same dark hair and nerdy glasses, homely appearance, and amazing personality.’
    • ‘An older, very homely woman answered and let him in.’
    • ‘I was homely, and he didn't want me to embarrass him any more than was absolutely necessary.’
    unattractive, plain, plain-featured, plain-looking, plain as a pikestaff, ordinary-looking, unprepossessing, unlovely, ill-favoured, ugly
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Pronunciation

homely

/ˈhəʊmli/