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like or suggestive of home; familiar; warmly comfortable.
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Origin of homelike

First recorded in 1810–20; home + -like

synonym study for homelike

See homely.


homelikeness, noun
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What does homelike mean?

Homelike is used to describe places that feel like a home, especially one’s own home.

In many cases, it means the same thing as homey, which is used to describe a place as cozy, comfortable, and inviting.

A person might try to make their place (or a particular room in it) more homelike, typically by decorating it in a way that makes it cozier or more comfortable. Homelike can also be used to describe a place that’s not a home but that’s comfortable and inviting like your own home, such as a hotel room.

Example: The new fireplace makes the living room feel so homelike.

Where does homelike come from?

The first records of the word homelike come from the 1600s. The suffix -like is used to form adjectives. Homelike means “like a home,” but it especially means “like one’s own home.”

Everyone has a different idea of what makes a place homelike, and people have different ways of making their space homelike. This often involves adding things to make a space cozier, such as rugs, curtains, candles, artwork, and plants. However, a space can be made more homelike in other ways, such as by the presence of a loved one.

Homelike should not be confused with homely, which is most commonly used as a way to describe someone as unattractive.

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How is homelike used in real life?

Homelike is not that commonly used—it’s much more common to describe a space as homey. Both terms can be used to describe one’s own home, a room in it, or a space that feels as cozy or inviting as one’s own home.


Try using homelike!

Which of the following words would be used to describe a space that’s considered homelike?

A. comfortable
B. inviting
C. warm
D. all of the above

How to use homelike in a sentence