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[hohm-meyd] /ˈhoʊmˈmeɪd/
made or prepared at home, locally, or by the maker's own efforts:
The restaurant's pastry is homemade. Breakfast at the farmhouse always meant homemade preserves.
made in one's own country; domestic:
I prefer a homemade car to one of those foreign models.
made, contrived, or assembled by oneself; not professionally made or done; amateurish:
the plain look of homemade furniture.
Origin of homemade
First recorded in 1650-60; home + made Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He dumped another bucket of slops into the home-made trough.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • "And when you achieve the fine loaf, you may revel in home-made rolls," I answered.

    Culture and Cooking Catherine Owen
  • He waved Corinne aside and continued his experiments with the home-made robot.

    Weak on Square Roots Russell Burton
  • It was not a home-made whistle now, but a fiddle bought out of his wages.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • And most of the things you see here are home-made, during the long winters.

    The Princess Virginia C. N. Williamson
  • If the jelly is home-made the recipe for making a "quart of jelly" will be followed.

  • home-made was an adjective that might be applied to nearly every article in the house.

    Home Life in Colonial Days Alice Morse Earle
British Dictionary definitions for home-made


(esp of cakes, jam, and other foods) made at home or on the premises, esp of high-quality ingredients
crudely fashioned
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for home-made



also home-made, 1650s, from home (n.) + made.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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