Definition of homely in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhəʊmli/

adjective (homelier, homeliest)

1British (Of a place or surroundings) simple but cosy and comfortable, as in one’s own home: a modern hotel with a homely atmosphere
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  • Contact sessions are held in purposefully homely rooms with comfortable easy chairs and lots of toys, games and activities.
  • It is one of the most homely places in town where a warm welcome and friendly smile awaits all visitors.
  • There's a warm and homely atmosphere to go with the fare of traditional country cooking and game.
cosy, homelike, homey, comfortable, snug, welcoming, friendly, congenial, hospitable, informal, relaxed, intimate, warm, pleasant, cheerful;
North American  down-home, homestyle
informal comfy
1.1Simple and unpretentious: homely pleasures
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  • 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.
  • Mary was blessed with a natural and homely disposition.
  • The Chinese have an ordinary homely dish made of fish head stewed with tofu, which is bland and believed to be healthy.
unsophisticated, everyday, ordinary, domestic, plain, simple, modest, natural, down-to-earth, homespun, folksy, unrefined, unpretentious, unaffected, unassuming
2North American (Of a person) unattractive in appearance.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • An older, very homely woman answered and let him in.
  • Not for the first time, I wished I was homely and forgettable.
informal not much to look at, short on looks, fugly
British informal no oil painting
Australian/New Zealand informal drack
New Zealand informal huckery



Pronunciation: /ˈhəʊmlɪnəs/
Example sentences
  • I was surprised at the tidiness of his flat, the homeliness of it.
  • However, there was little sense of homeliness or cosiness.
  • After the comfort and homeliness of Aaron's apartment, nothing could prepare us for our suite at the Paramount.

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