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  1. spun or made at home: homespun cloth.
  2. made of such cloth: homespun clothing.
  3. plain; unpolished; unsophisticated; simple; rustic: homespun humor.
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  1. a plain-weave cloth made at home, or of homespun yarn.
  2. any cloth of similar appearance.
  3. a rustic person.
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Origin of homespun

First recorded in 1580–90; home + spun
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Related Words

rustic, simple, plain, ordinary, crude, rough, handmade, homemade, unrefined, unsophisticated, handcrafted

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British Dictionary definitions for homespun


  1. having plain or unsophisticated character
  2. woven or spun at home
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  1. cloth made at home or made of yarn spun at home
  2. a cloth resembling this but made on a power loom
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Word Origin and History for homespun


1580s, "spun at home," from home (n.) + spun. Figurative sense of "plain, homely" is from c.1600. As a noun, from c.1600.

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