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[hoh-mee] /ˈhoʊ mi/
adjective, homier, homiest.
comfortably informal and inviting; cozy; homelike:
a homey little inn.
Origin of homey1
First recorded in 1850-55; home + -y1
Related forms
homeyness, hominess, noun
Can be confused
homely, homey.
Synonym Study
See homely. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for hominess
Historical Examples
  • The hominess of the country store is gone and is a loss; but the gain in other directions is impressive.

    Proclaim Liberty! Gilbert Seldes
  • The quality of "hominess" is greatly increased in an article of furniture by a frank look or "home-made" appearance.

  • It boasted no definite style of architecture, but had a hominess that few houses possess.

    Helen in the Editor's Chair

    Ruthe S. Wheeler
  • Chintz slip covers changed them from blatant monstrosities to background blending items of hominess.

    If You're Going to Live in the Country Thomas H. Ormsbee and Richmond Huntley
  • "He adds the very last touch to the hominess of everything," said Phyllis, generously handing the kitten over to Bab.

    The Wyndam Girls Marion Ames Taggart
  • Oh, the hominess of a new-laid Ingrain carpet, with lots of fresh straw under it!

    Ptomaine Street Carolyn Wells
British Dictionary definitions for hominess


adjective homier, homiest
a variant spelling (esp US) of homy
(NZ, informal) a British person
Derived Forms
homeyness, noun
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Word Origin and History for hominess



"home-like," by 1898, from home + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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