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
- ‘Paco stands in the shadows with several of his homies.’
- ‘Call the homies, we got to go do an investigation.’
- ‘I don't want anything to happen to any of my homies, now do I?’
- ‘He strolled through the club Saturday night minus his famous bride, but flanked by his homies.’
- ‘Yeah, I was looking forward to spending the summer with all my homies.’
- ‘These were not guerrillas, or a rioting mob, but a bunch of what we would call homies on the street corner.’
- ‘My first Valentine goes out to all my Boston homies.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He's one of my oldest friends in NYC and lives in Prospect Heights with Curt and Steve, two other old Kansas homies.’
- ‘I miss all of the homies that are gone, but my main concern is for those that are still living.’
- ‘My homie David and I were both present in that meeting.’
- ‘And he has no intention of leaving his gang: ‘They're the homeys, part of the family.’’
- ‘The second time I went up to Burnside with my homie Pete.’
- ‘When I walk down the street it's a must that I watch my back and look out for my homies and friends.’
- ‘Only the loyal secretary in the office, Angie, believes in him, not that he notices, because she's a friend, like a homie.’
1920s: from home + -ie; compare with homeboy.
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