homely

  • 1 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,… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 homely — The connotations of this word as applied to a person (usually a woman) are favourable in BrE, in which it means ‘simple, unpretentious’ and disparaging in AmE, in which it means ‘unattractive, dowdy’: • Homely and welcoming, owners Doug and Karen …

    Modern English usage

  • 3 Homely — Home ly, adv. Plainly; rudely; coarsely; as, homely dressed. [R.] Spenser. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 homely — [adj1] ordinary, comfortable comfy, cozy, domestic, everyday, familiar, friendly, homelike, homespun, homey, inelaborate, informal, modest, natural, plain, simple, snug, unaffected, unassuming, unostentatious, unpretentious, welcoming; concepts… …

    New thesaurus

  • 5 homely — [hōm′lē] adj. homelier, homeliest [ME homli] 1. Obs. a) of the home; domestic b) HOMELIKE 2. a) characteristic of or suitable for home or home life; simple and unpretentious or plain and everyday …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 homely — index familiar (customary), inelegant, nondescript, ordinary Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 homely — (adj.) late 14c., of or belonging to home or household, domestic, from M.E. hom home (see HOME (Cf. home) (n.)) + LY (Cf. ly) (2). Sense of plain, unadorned, simple is late 14c., and extension to having a plain appearance, ugly, crude took place… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 homely — *plain, simple, unpretentious Analogous words: *familiar, intimate, close: *usual, wonted, customary, habitual: ill favored, *ugly Antonyms: comely, bonny …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 9 homely — ► ADJECTIVE (homelier, homeliest) 1) Brit. simple but comfortable. 2) unsophisticated. 3) N. Amer. unattractive. DERIVATIVES homeliness noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 homely — [[t]ho͟ʊmli[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED (approval) If you describe a room or house as homely, you like it because you feel comfortable and relaxed there. [mainly BRIT] I wanted a homely room but I wanted it to look smart, too... We try and provide a very… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 homely — homeliness, n. /hohm lee/, adj., homelier, homeliest. 1. lacking in physical attractiveness; not beautiful; unattractive: a homely child. 2. not having elegance, refinement, or cultivation. 3. proper or suited to the home or to ordinary domestic… …

    Universalium

  • 12 homely — UK [ˈhəʊmlɪ] / US [ˈhoʊmlɪ] adjective Word forms homely : adjective homely comparative homelier superlative homeliest 1) British simple and pleasant in a way that makes you feel comfortable and at home The kitchen had a homely atmosphere. 2)… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 homely — home|ly [ˈhəumli US ˈhoum ] adj 1.) BrE simple in a way that makes you feel comfortable ▪ a modern hotel with a homely atmosphere 2.) BrE a homely person is warm and friendly and enjoys home life ▪ Mrs Keane is a comfortable, homely person. 3.)… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 homely — adjective 1 BrE simple and ordinary in a way that makes you feel comfortable: The cottage had a warm, homely feel. 2 AmE people or faces that are homely are unattractive or ugly: I ve never seen such a homely dog in my life! …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 homely — adjective (homelier; est) Date: 14th century 1. suggestive or characteristic of a home 2. being something familiar with which one is at home < satisfy themselves with houses, furniture, books and clothes that were worn and homely and friendly to… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 16 homely —  If writing for an international audience, you should be aware (or beware) that the word has strikingly different connotations between America and elsewhere. In Britain and most of its former dominions homely means comfortable and appealing,… …

    Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • 17 homely — adjective 1) Brit. a homely atmosphere Syn: cosy, comfortable, snug, welcoming, friendly; informal comfy 2) N.Amer. she s rather homely Syn: unattractive, plain, unprepossessing, ugly; …

    Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • 18 homely — /ˈhoʊmli / (say hohmlee) adjective (homelier, homeliest) 1. proper or suited to the home or to ordinary domestic life; plain; unpretentious: homely fare. 2. not good looking; plain: a homely girl. {Middle English} –homeliness, noun …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 19 homely — adjective /ˈhəʊm.li,ˈhoʊm.li/ a) Characteristic of or belonging to home, domestic. There is no simple way to define precisely a complex arrangement of parts, however homely the object may appear to be. b) Simple, familiar, unelaborate …

    Wiktionary

  • 20 homely — See homely, comely …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions