Definition of homespun in US English:



  • 1Simple and unsophisticated.

    ‘homespun philosophy’
    • ‘Inspired by primitivism and American folk art, he painted idealized images of homespun America.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘Do not trust homespun remedies,’ she added as a warning.’
    • ‘When Gen. Franks utters them, the words spin off his lips with a warm homespun flavor.’
    • ‘His patient rise from humble origins to eminence, his simple tastes and homespun manner, inspired general affection.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There's something homespun, simple, and heroic about him.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So what has all this homespun philosophy got to do with the crisis in public liability insurance?’
    • ‘The sessions are homespun affairs, filled with truisms and real-life examples that anyone can relate to.’
    • ‘But she said he would benefit most from a piece of simple homespun advice.’
    • ‘Their plain virtues and homespun beliefs are the bedrock of decency and integrity in our nation and in the world.’
    • ‘She is conscious that her simple, homespun style left her open to misinterpretation.’
    • ‘This is not some homespun philosophy to make us all feel better.’
    • ‘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.’
    unsophisticated, unpolished, unrefined, plain, simple, rustic, folksy, artless, modest, natural
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  • 2(of cloth or yarn) made or spun at home.

    • ‘She looked no more than five and a half feet tall, and she wore a simple, pale red dress of homespun cotton.’
    • ‘Doll makers dressed their creations in homespun materials or in clothing found in mountain stores.’
    • ‘The early immigrants were usually clothed in homespun cloth and caps.’
    • ‘It almost seemed to be like the homespun cloth her shoulder sash was made from.’
    • ‘The men wear baggy trousers, usually made of indigo-dyed homespun fabric.’
    • ‘Women dressed up in fancy homespun cotton dresses and men wore their jeans, cowboy belts, silk, striped shirts.’
    • ‘Only on isolated frontiers might homespun fabrics still be found; only among urban elites did imported textiles have a substantial market.’
    • ‘Both male and female folk costumes made of homespun cloth and sheepskin were multi-colored and featured intricate embroidery.’
    • ‘His collarless shirt, though of simple homespun muslin, was very comfortable, and half-unlaced at the moment.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Good homespun clothes… these should disguise you well enough.’
    • ‘Traditionally, they wear tunics and sarongs of homespun cotton, dyed red, blue, and black.’
    • ‘Its origin can be traced to the Indus Valley civilisation when the people used homespun cotton for weaving.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘Oh, I was selling some of my homespun yarn to the tailor,’ Emily replied.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 2.1 Denoting a coarse handwoven fabric similar to tweed.
      • ‘Women wear long, homespun skirts and sweaters.’
      • ‘Silently, Myra helped me slip the red dress off, and I quickly dressed myself in the thick homespun trousers and woolen shirt.’
      • ‘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.’


  • Coarse handwoven cloth.

    ‘clad in homespun’
    • ‘For example, Wright's chair features maple supports and upholstery in a cotton and wool fabric that has the texture of homespun.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Donegal was originally a thick and warm homespun or tweed woven by Irish peasants in Donegal, Ireland.’
    • ‘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 people wore ragged homespun and the women with painted faces, faded finery.’