Homelier
Homely Home"ly, a. [Compar. {Homelier}; superl. {Homeliest}.] [From {Home}, n.] 1. Belonging to, or having the characteristics of, home; domestic; familiar; intimate. [Archaic] [1913 Webster]

With all these men I was right homely, and communed with, them long and oft. --Foxe. [1913 Webster]

Their homely joys, and destiny obscure. --Gray. [1913 Webster]

2. Plain; unpretending; rude in appearance; unpolished; as, a homely garment; a homely house; homely fare; homely manners. [1913 Webster]

Now Strephon daily entertains His Chloe in the homeliest strains. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

3. Of plain or coarse features; uncomely; ugly; -- usually used of people, especially women; -- contrary to {handsome}. [1913 Webster]

None so homely but loves a looking-glass. --South. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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