homely

[ hohm-lee ]
/ ˈhoʊm li /

adjective, home·li·er, home·li·est.

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

First recorded in 1300–50, homely is from the Middle English word homly. See home, -ly
Related forms
Can be confusedhomely homeyhomely homily

Synonym study

1–3. Simple, homely ( homey ), homelike, plain imply absence of adornment or embellishment. Something that is simple is not elaborate or complex: a simple kind of dress. In the United States, homely usually suggests absence of natural beauty: an unattractive person almost homely enough to be called ugly. In England, the word suggests a wholesome simplicity without artificial refinement or elegance; since it characterizes that which is comfortable and attractive, it is equivalent to homey : a homely cottage. Homelike also emphasizes comfort and attractiveness, but it conveys less strongly than does homey a sense of intimate security: a homelike interior, arrangement, atmosphere. Something that is plain has little or no adornment: expensive but plain clothing.
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British Dictionary definitions for homeliness

homely

/ (ˈhəʊmlɪ) /

adjective -lier or -liest

characteristic of or suited to the ordinary home; unpretentious
(of a person)
  1. British warm and domesticated in manner or appearance
  2. mainly US and Canadian plain or ugly
Derived Formshomeliness, noun
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