Definition of homely in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhōmlē/

adjective (homelier, homeliest)

1North 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.
unattractive, plain, unprepossessing, unlovely, ill-favored, ugly
informal not much to look at
2British (Of a place or surroundings) simple but cozy and comfortable, as in one’s own home: a modern hotel with a homely atmosphere
More example sentences
  • 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.
2.1Unsophisticated and unpretentious: homely pleasures
More example sentences
  • 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.



Pronunciation: /ˈhōmlēnəs/
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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Syllabification: home·ly

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