[ doun-hohm ]

  1. of, relating to, or exhibiting the simple, familiar, or folksy qualities associated with one's family or with rural areas, especially of the southern U.S.: down-home cooking; down-home hospitality.

Origin of down-home

An Americanism dating back to 1820–30 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use down-home in a sentence

  • Aminta nodded and smiled, and Selina kissed her hand in joy, saying, that down home she would not be so shy of calling her Aminta.

  • Down home, continued Billy, we always kill a chicken when we expect a minister.

    Winona of the Camp Fire | Margaret Widdemer
  • I brought them down home, and nursed him for three months, till he died.

    With Wolfe in Canada | G. A. Henty
  • He wore a grey coat and a high-buttoned vest, with a broad turned-down home-spun collar.

    The Precipice | Ivan Goncharov
  • He was half afraid of the chorus girls, because they seemed such different beings from the nurse girls down home.

British Dictionary definitions for down-home


  1. slang, mainly US of, relating to, or reminiscent of rural life, esp in the southern US; unsophisticated

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