• (British) IPA: /ˈhəʊmli/
  • (America) enPR: hōmʹlē, IPA: /ˈhoʊmli/

homely (comparative homelier, superlative homeliest)

  1. (North America) Lacking in beauty or elegance, plain in appearance, physically unattractive.
    • There is none so homely but loves a looking-glass.
    Antonyms: comely
  2. (India) Cozy, befitting a home.
  3. (archaic) Characteristic of or belonging to home; domestic. [from early 14th c.]
  4. (UK dialectal) On intimate or friendly terms with (someone); familiar; at home (with a person); intimate.
  5. (UK dialectal, of animals) Domestic; tame.
  6. (UK dialectal) Personal; private.
  7. (UK dialectal) Friendly; kind; gracious; cordial.
  8. (India) Conservative and family-oriented.
    I am seeking a beautiful homely girl for marriage.
  9. (archaic) Simple; plain; familiar; unelaborate; unadorned. [from late 14th c.]
    a homely garment
    homely fare
    homely manners

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