Definition of homely in US English:

homely

adjective

  • 1North American (of a person) unattractive in appearance.

    • ‘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 are far from ugly but compared to my mother's side of the family, they are simple and homely.’
    • ‘She wasn't an ugly girl… just a bit unusual and homely at times, but never ugly.’
    • ‘One bite of this will be sure to turn even the most staid, homely lady into a volcanic sex pot instantly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I was homely, and he didn't want me to embarrass him any more than was absolutely necessary.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Not for the first time, I wished I was homely and forgettable.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘People didn't look at you that way if they thought you were plain and homely.’
    • ‘They were weird little guys, homely men with pot bellies and wispy tinted hair.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Donald Legg was a homely man, his nose was too large for his face.’
    • ‘She had the same look, the same dark hair and nerdy glasses, homely appearance, and amazing personality.’
    • ‘Unlike most guys, Alex will be just as nice to the homely girls as he is to the popular ones.’
    • ‘An older, very homely woman answered and let him in.’
    unattractive, plain, plain-featured, plain-looking, plain as a pikestaff, ordinary-looking, unprepossessing, unlovely, ill-favoured, ugly
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  • 2British (of a place or surroundings) simple but cozy and comfortable, as in one's own home.

    ‘a modern hotel with a homely atmosphere’
    • ‘She said hospital guides have shown that patients recover much more quickly in a normal, homely atmosphere.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She pointed out that the scheme also gives young people with intellectual disabilities an enjoyable break in a homely atmosphere.’
    • ‘The entire living room was very homely and pleasant, with large windows that let in the afternoon light.’
    • ‘Our tutors specialise in teaching beginners in a very relaxed homely atmosphere.’
    • ‘He went to the Pennine School in Wakefield, a Steiner school offering vocational training in a friendly, homely environment.’
    • ‘Refreshments are served in a nice homely atmosphere.’
    • ‘It had a nice, homely atmosphere to it, and seemed friendly and welcoming.’
    • ‘The tables are plain pine, giving the whole restaurant a homely, farmhouse-kitchen feel.’
    • ‘There's a warm and homely atmosphere to go with the fare of traditional country cooking and game.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With wooden flooring and large comfortable sofas, it offers a modern atmosphere but with a cosy, homely feel.’
    • ‘Gillian loves the unique, homely atmosphere there and says she likes to think the pub is nothing like standard pub chains.’
    • ‘There is a homely atmosphere and you soon feel at ease.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To the right is the living room, a homely space with an open fireplace and large, comfortable armchairs.’
    • ‘She felt a sense of pride in the homely environment she had created.’
    • ‘Use of warm, dim lighting goes some way to mask the ugly furnishings, creating a cosy, homely, inviting atmosphere.’
    • ‘It is one of the most homely places in town where a warm welcome and friendly smile awaits all visitors.’
    • ‘Contact sessions are held in purposefully homely rooms with comfortable easy chairs and lots of toys, games and activities.’
    • ‘The whole place had a very homely, cosy feel to it, and I just became accustomed to the rooms being unfinished.’
    cosy, homelike, homey, comfortable, snug, welcoming, friendly, congenial, hospitable, informal, relaxed, intimate, warm, pleasant, cheerful
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    1. 2.1 Unsophisticated and unpretentious.
      ‘homely pleasures’
      • ‘The family quiz show that was being aired by Asianet had been one of those homely shows which had found favour with family audiences.’
      • ‘He was a much loved figure, witty, kind-hearted, and absent-minded, and his satires are plain, clear, homely, and predominantly good-natured.’
      • ‘It is mostly used for the plainer and more homely cakes such as Victoria sandwich cakes.’
      • ‘‘I am a homely person who likes to be surrounded by her friends and family members,’ says the actress.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A simple analogy or a homely metaphor does the trick to invite the reader to share his views, opinions, judgement and comments.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She is the kind of homely, unassuming woman you would pass in the street.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Surprisingly, then, it behoves the discerning reader to gravitate toward books that are homely.’
      • ‘Kate had a generosity of spirit that reached out to many and she was homely and welcoming to a fault.’
      • ‘In Bulgaria the cooks go crazy with this homely vegetable, shoving it on everything from salads and sandwiches to slices of pizza.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Chinese have an ordinary homely dish made of fish head stewed with tofu, which is bland and believed to be healthy.’
      • ‘His appeal to his listening public as brothers and sisters was an attempt to appear homely, patriotic, and even rather non-political.’
      • ‘Eisenhower is seen as homely, modest and more at home as a coalition leader than as a field commander.’
      • ‘Proper linen napkins were teamed with mismatched cutlery and homely plates, adding to the unpretentious but stylish character of the place.’
      • ‘Mary was blessed with a natural and homely disposition.’
      unsophisticated, everyday, ordinary, domestic, plain, simple, modest, natural, down-to-earth, homespun, folksy, unrefined, unpretentious, unaffected, unassuming
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Pronunciation

homely

/ˈhōmlē//ˈhoʊmli/