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noun Slang.
  1. a homeboy or homegirl.

Origin of homie

First recorded in 1940–45; by shortening and alteration
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  1. slang, mainly US short for homeboy or homegirlSee homeboy
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Word Origin and History for homie


also homey, by 1970s, slang, short for homeboy (q.v.). The identical word is recorded from the 1920s in New Zealand slang in the sense "recently arrived British immigrant."

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