- 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 homely
Up From Slavery is a book written in a direct style, using a simple vocabulary and homely humor.David's Book Club: The Souls of Black Folk
May 5, 2013
Others this season stood by their affection for homely beauty and baroque extravagance.Milan Fashion Week’s Big Finale: Versace and Dolce & Gabbana Wow, While Armani Falls Short
February 27, 2012
When she had a makeover in August 2009, those who fell in love with the homely homebody almost had a collective breakdown.Adele, Lady Gaga, and More Unconventional Pop Stars
March 10, 2011
"Men who are viewed as being below average or homely are penalized" when it comes to wages.15 Signs You'll Be Rich
October 21, 2010
Homely, folksy, in certain aspects disarmingly simple; but don't let any of that fool you.11 Revelations From Blair's Memoir
The Daily Beast
September 1, 2010
Great was the interchange of news over the homely hearty meal.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
I think it was the homely smell of hot buttered toast that did it.Viviette
William J. Locke
It is kindly and homely to me to hear her voice and to feel that she is behind me.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Such reckoning, of course, only holds good of thrifty, homely France.The Roof of France
And Barbara felt very grateful for all these homely kindnesses.A Little Book of Profitable Tales
- 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 homely
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."