Nearby words

  1. homalographic,
  2. homans' sign,
  3. homaxial,
  4. hombre,
  5. homburg,
  6. home aid,
  7. home automation,
  8. home banking,
  9. home base,
  10. home brand


Origin of home

before 900; Middle English hom, Old English hām (noun and adv.); cognate with Dutch heim, Old Norse heimr, Danish hjem, Swedish hem, German Heim home, Gothic haims village; akin to haunt

1. abode, dwelling, habitation; domicile. See house. 2. hearth, fireside. 3. asylum.

Related formsmin·i·home, noun

Can be confusedhome house (see synonym study at house) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for home in on


/ (hjuːm) /


Derived Formshomelike, adjective

Word Origin for home

Old English hām; related to Old Norse heimr, Gothic haims, Old High German heim, Dutch heem, Greek kōmi village

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Word Origin and History for home in on
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Idioms and Phrases with home in on

home in on

Move toward or focus on a goal, as in He began with a couple of jokes before homing in on the main subject of his talk. This expression originally alluded to a vessel, aircraft or missile being guided to its target by a radio beam or some other means. [c. 1920]


In addition to the idioms beginning with home

  • home free
  • home in on
  • home run
  • home truth

also see:

  • at home
  • bring home
  • bring home the bacon
  • chickens come home to roost
  • close to home

Drive Homeeat someone out of house and homemake oneself at homenobody homenothing to write home abouttill the cows come home.

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