Definition of homespun in English:



  • 1Simple and unsophisticated.

    ‘homespun philosophy’
    • ‘This is not some homespun philosophy to make us all feel better.’
    • ‘So what has all this homespun philosophy got to do with the crisis in public liability insurance?’
    • ‘‘Do not trust homespun remedies,’ she added as a warning.’
    • ‘But she said he would benefit most from a piece of simple homespun advice.’
    • ‘The sessions are homespun affairs, filled with truisms and real-life examples that anyone can relate to.’
    • ‘Wigan's improvement since losing their first two matches has been both remarkable and romantic - a heart-warming tale of homespun success in these increasingly mercenary times.’
    • ‘Inspired by primitivism and American folk art, he painted idealized images of homespun America.’
    • ‘The professionalism of the recent past, the thing that made the late '90s art world seem corporate and unsafe, is morphing into something less predictable, more homespun.’
    • ‘New employees are given a little book that combines Woodroffe's story with his homespun philosophy of success.’
    • ‘There could even be a variety of homespun cottage industries that might sprout up in conjunction with the city, and could thrive and flourish as viable and even vital parts of it.’
    • ‘Already famous as the inventor of the lightning conductor, his homespun philosophizing and simple style charmed the world of the Court and the intellectual salons alike.’
    • ‘Davenport's purposefully low-tech sculptures maintain a good balance of homespun craftsmanship and conceptual artistry.’
    • ‘Their plain virtues and homespun beliefs are the bedrock of decency and integrity in our nation and in the world.’
    • ‘His patient rise from humble origins to eminence, his simple tastes and homespun manner, inspired general affection.’
    • ‘She is conscious that her simple, homespun style left her open to misinterpretation.’
    • ‘Many of them are not businesses on the traditional model at all, but homespun affairs staffed by teenagers and run out of bedrooms and even pubs.’
    • ‘But what energises Bloom's deceptively simple book is not the homespun wisdom, but the extraordinary energy which he invests in his writing.’
    • ‘When Gen. Franks utters them, the words spin off his lips with a warm homespun flavor.’
    • ‘Despite the homespun image it cultivates in its ads, it operates with an arrogance and avarice that would make the multinationals blush and John D. Rockefeller envious.’
    • ‘There's something homespun, simple, and heroic about him.’
    unsophisticated, unpolished, unrefined, plain, simple, rustic, folksy, artless, modest, natural
    coarse, rough, rude, crude, rudimentary
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  • 2(of cloth or yarn) made or spun at home.

    • ‘His collarless shirt, though of simple homespun muslin, was very comfortable, and half-unlaced at the moment.’
    • ‘Good homespun clothes… these should disguise you well enough.’
    • ‘Only on isolated frontiers might homespun fabrics still be found; only among urban elites did imported textiles have a substantial market.’
    • ‘‘Chocolate would be fine,’ she said, taking a seat at the table nearest the counter and hanging her gray wool cloak on a peg on the wall, revealing that she was wearing a light blue homespun dress.’
    • ‘Its origin can be traced to the Indus Valley civilisation when the people used homespun cotton for weaving.’
    • ‘‘Oh, I was selling some of my homespun yarn to the tailor,’ Emily replied.’
    • ‘In the past, clothing was most often rough homespun cloth made from their own cotton, but today manufactured fabric or store-bought clothes are increasingly common.’
    • ‘They wear a uniform - blouse and trousers - of a bright homespun material, without any facings, but with brass buttons and collar ornaments.’
    • ‘Women dressed up in fancy homespun cotton dresses and men wore their jeans, cowboy belts, silk, striped shirts.’
    • ‘It almost seemed to be like the homespun cloth her shoulder sash was made from.’
    • ‘Doll makers dressed their creations in homespun materials or in clothing found in mountain stores.’
    • ‘The fabric is all pretty thin 100% cotton homespun stuff so the first thing that immediately leaps to mind is a summer dress for Amelia.’
    • ‘The early immigrants were usually clothed in homespun cloth and caps.’
    • ‘Tweed is a rough textured wool, originally homespun and slightly felted.’
    • ‘No longer confined to the realm of the patriot, this homespun yarn has now entered the territory of international and domestic fashion.’
    • ‘The men wear baggy trousers, usually made of indigo-dyed homespun fabric.’
    • ‘Traditionally, they wear tunics and sarongs of homespun cotton, dyed red, blue, and black.’
    • ‘Both male and female folk costumes made of homespun cloth and sheepskin were multi-colored and featured intricate embroidery.’
    • ‘She looked no more than five and a half feet tall, and she wore a simple, pale red dress of homespun cotton.’
    • ‘His mother had spun and woven flax and wool; his father had operated a wool-carding mill and a shop for pressing and dyeing homespun cloth.’
    1. 2.1Denoting a coarse handwoven fabric similar to tweed.
      • ‘Silently, Myra helped me slip the red dress off, and I quickly dressed myself in the thick homespun trousers and woolen shirt.’
      • ‘Women wear long, homespun skirts and sweaters.’
      • ‘He was barely adolescent and wore rough, homespun clothes and a round, hard top hat exactly the same as Adam had sported as a boy.’


  • [mass noun] Homespun cloth.

    ‘clad in homespun’
    • ‘The people wore ragged homespun and the women with painted faces, faded finery.’
    • ‘On embarking for the court, Joan traded her red gown of peasant homespun for elite male garb.’
    • ‘Gloria Sáez's attractive costumes for the solo singers were designed to flatter the figure, with flowing velvet for the nobility and homespun for the commoners.’
    • ‘The cloths she made for her family always looked of finer quality then normal homespun, and wore even longer.’
    • ‘She slipped it over her head and loved the feel of such smooth fabric after more than a month of coarse homespun.’
    • ‘For example, Wright's chair features maple supports and upholstery in a cotton and wool fabric that has the texture of homespun.’
    • ‘Donegal was originally a thick and warm homespun or tweed woven by Irish peasants in Donegal, Ireland.’