One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An acquaintance from one's town or neighborhood, or a member of one's peer group or gang.
companion, boon companion, bosom friend, best friend, close friend, intimate, confidante, confidant, familiar, soul mate, alter ego, second self, shadow, playmate, playfellow, classmate, schoolmate, workmate, ally, comrade, associateView synonyms
- ‘These were not guerrillas, or a rioting mob, but a bunch of what we would call homies on the street corner.’
- ‘He's one of my oldest friends in NYC and lives in Prospect Heights with Curt and Steve, two other old Kansas homies.’
- ‘Only the loyal secretary in the office, Angie, believes in him, not that he notices, because she's a friend, like a homie.’
- ‘It is just as dangerous for my personal safety to have the local homies unemployed and bouncing in and out of the court system as it is to have some kid in a madrassa planning to bring America to it's knees.’
- ‘My homie David and I were both present in that meeting.’
- ‘Call the homies, we got to go do an investigation.’
- ‘He strolled through the club Saturday night minus his famous bride, but flanked by his homies.’
- ‘When I walk down the street it's a must that I watch my back and look out for my homies and friends.’
- ‘I miss all of the homies that are gone, but my main concern is for those that are still living.’
- ‘My first Valentine goes out to all my Boston homies.’
- ‘Paco stands in the shadows with several of his homies.’
- ‘The second time I went up to Burnside with my homie Pete.’
- ‘Yeah, I was looking forward to spending the summer with all my homies.’
- ‘And he has no intention of leaving his gang: ‘They're the homeys, part of the family.’’
- ‘I don't want anything to happen to any of my homies, now do I?’
1920s: from home + -ie; compare with homeboy.
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