AskDefine | Define homely

Dictionary Definition

homely adj
1 lacking in physical beauty or proportion; "a homely child"; "several of the buildings were downright homely"; "a plain girl with a freckled face" [syn: plain]
2 having a feeling of home; cozy and comfortable; "the homely everyday atmosphere"; "a homey little inn" [syn: homelike, homey, homy]
3 plain and unpretentious; "homely truths"; "letters to his son full of homely advice"; "homely fare"
4 without artificial refinement or elegance; "plain homely furniture"; "homely manners" [also: homeliest, homelier]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • hōmlē

Adjective

  1. Characteristic of home, insofar as it is a kind place.
  2. Lacking in beauty or elegance.
  3. Proficient in skills needed to maintain a home.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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