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homely
WordNet 2.0
  • lacking in physical beauty or proportion
  • "a homely child"
  • "several of the buildings were downright homely"
  • "a plain girl with a freckled face"
  • having a feeling of home
  • cozy and comfortable
  • "the homely everyday atmosphere"
  • "a homey little inn"
  • without artificial refinement or elegance
  • "plain homely furniture"
  • "homely manners"
  • plain and unpretentious
  • "homely truths"
  • "letters to his son full of homely advice"
  • "homely fare"
homely
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 1. Belonging to, or having the characteristics of, home; domestic; familiar; intimate. [Archaic]

    "With all these men I was right homely, and communed with, them long and oft." -- Foxe.

    "Their homely joys, and destiny obscure." -- Gray.

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

    "Now Strephon daily entertains His Chloe in the homeliest strains." -- Pope.

    3. Of plain or coarse features; uncomely; -- contrary to handsome.

    "None so homely but loves a looking- glass." -- South.

  • 1. Plainly; rudely; coarsely; as, homely dressed. [R.] Spenser.

 

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