- lacking in physical attractiveness; not beautiful; unattractive: a homely child.
- not having elegance, refinement, or cultivation.
- proper or suited to the home or to ordinary domestic life; plain; unpretentious: homely food.
- commonly seen or known.
Origin of homely
Examples from the Web for homeliest
My dear, I protest, I think it was the homeliest of the whole.The Contrast
Has it any connexion with a word of our homeliest vernacular?English Past and Present
Richard Chevenix Trench
For example, the notion that the homeliest girl in the party is the safest.A Book of Burlesques
H. L. Mencken
I used to think Airedales was about the homeliest dogs on the list.Torchy As A Pa
They did not disdain the homeliest means, if it served the purpose.The Preacher and His Models
- characteristic of or suited to the ordinary home; unpretentious
- (of a person)
- Britishwarm and domesticated in manner or appearance
- mainly US and Canadianplain or ugly
Word Origin and History for homeliest
late 14c., "of or belonging to home or household, domestic," from Middle English hom "home" (see home (n.)) + -ly (2). Sense of "plain, unadorned, simple" is late 14c., and extension to "having a plain appearance, ugly, crude" took place c.1400, but now survives chiefly in U.S., especially in New England, where it was the usual term for "physically unattractive;" ugly being typically "ill-tempered."