adjective, home·li·er, home·li·est.
Origin of homely
Examples from the Web for homely
Up From Slavery is a book written in a direct style, using a simple vocabulary and homely humor.
Others this season stood by their affection for homely beauty and baroque extravagance.Milan Fashion Week’s Big Finale: Versace and Dolce & Gabbana Wow, While Armani Falls Short|Robin Givhan|February 27, 2012|DAILY BEAST
When she had a makeover in August 2009, those who fell in love with the homely homebody almost had a collective breakdown.Adele, Lady Gaga, and More Unconventional Pop Stars|Jacob Bernstein|March 10, 2011|DAILY BEAST
"Men who are viewed as being below average or homely are penalized" when it comes to wages.
Homely, folksy, in certain aspects disarmingly simple; but don't let any of that fool you.
Patty was tender of her charge, as of some strange tropic bird that had fluttered into her homely nest.A Fair Mystery|Bertha M. Clay
Not a more stately, yet homely looking, honest-faced priest have we seen for many a day.Our Churches and Chapels|Atticus
On one side she was homely and practical, on the other highly imaginative and dreamy.Kophetua the Thirteenth|Julian Corbett
Meals à la carte and quite inexpensive; cuisine purely German, homely and wholesome, with excellent beer, especially Erlanger.The Gourmet's Guide to Europe|Algernon Bastard
"What a homely, homey place," said Anne, noting everything with the eye of an artist.American Cookery|Various
British Dictionary definitions for homely
adjective -lier or -liest
- British warm and domesticated in manner or appearance
- mainly US and Canadian plain or ugly
Word Origin and History for homely
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."