adjective, home·li·er, home·li·est.
Origin of homely
Examples from the Web for homeliest
I should not omit telling you that the Vernons, especially the eldest, were not the homeliest part of the show.A Letter Book|George Saintsbury
Has it any connexion with a word of our homeliest vernacular?English Past and Present|Richard Chevenix Trench
He had the reddest hair Val had ever seen—and the homeliest face—but his small-boy grin was friendliness itself.Ralestone Luck|Andre Norton
The others had nothing but the hole in the roof, which is the first and homeliest expedient of primitive ventilation.The Wizard's Son, Vol. 1(of 3)|Margaret Oliphant
If feminine influence presides over a priestly household in the country, it is generally of the homeliest kind.The Roof of France|Matilda Betham-Edwards
adjective -lier or -liest
- Britishwarm and domesticated in manner or appearance
- mainly US and Canadianplain or ugly
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."