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[doun-hohm] /ˈdaʊnˈhoʊm/
of, relating to, or exhibiting the simple, familiar, or folksy qualities associated with one's family or with rural areas, especially of the southern U.S.:
down-home cooking; down-home hospitality.
Origin of down-home
An Americanism dating back to 1820-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for down home
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  • When we get down home out of danger, I'll let you hug and cry as much as you please.

    The Ranger Edward S. Ellis
  • No, not exactly, though the sunset did look a bit like some we have down home.

    For the Honor of the School Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Lizzie got down home all right and her brother is coming back with her.

  • And yet, he had said no more than some stranger, if there could be such a stranger, would have said down home.

    The Sport of the Gods Paul Laurence Dunbar
  • I brought them down home, and nursed him for three months, till he died.

    With Wolfe in Canada

    G. A. Henty
  • You know, down home they're nice to you if they know who you are, and all about your family.

    Kit of Greenacre Farm

    Izola Forrester
  • But down home there is n't anybody around his house, and that's lonesomer still.

    The Wrong Woman

    Charles D. Stewart
  • We walked together down to your street, Forty-fourthand then you turned off and I went on down home.

    The Luminous Face Carolyn Wells
  • Aminta nodded and smiled, and Selina kissed her hand in joy, saying, that down home she would not be so shy of calling her Aminta.

  • What wouldn't I give to have a good dog just now, such as my old Bunker down home in Virginia.

    Canoe Mates in Canada St. George Rathborne
British Dictionary definitions for down home


(slang, mainly US) of, relating to, or reminiscent of rural life, esp in the southern US; unsophisticated
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for down home

down home

adjective phrase

Simple; homey: a down-home meal of roast chicken, potatoes, and peas

adverb phrase

  1. In the southern US; in Dixie
  2. In a Southern regional or ethnic manner: funkier than blues and playing about as down home as you can get


: He was getting away from all that old down-home stuff

noun phrase

: old buddy from down home (1848+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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