- lacking in physical attractiveness; not beautiful; unattractive: a homely child.
- not having elegance, refinement, or cultivation.
- proper or suited to the home or to ordinary domestic life; plain; unpretentious: homely food.
- commonly seen or known.
Origin of homely
Examples from the Web for homeliness
Not a euphemism for homeliness, mind; the new faces are all lavishly hot.United Colors of Benetton Features Transgender Model Lea T, Alek Wek
January 24, 2013
Even at that the English talk made my heart expand—the homeliness of it.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
The force of his argument is not at all injured by the homeliness of his illustrations.Pages From an Old Volume of Life
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
In her homeliness she presented a strange contrast to her surroundings.A Pirate of Parts
It is the homeliness of a people without a home, without a country.Nights in London
A certain simplicity, not to say homeliness, of manners prevailed in the house.Not Like Other Girls
Rosa N. Carey
- characteristic of or suited to the ordinary home; unpretentious
- (of a person)
- Britishwarm and domesticated in manner or appearance
- mainly US and Canadianplain or ugly
Word Origin and History for homeliness
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."