or hom·y


adjective, hom·i·er, hom·i·est.

comfortably informal and inviting; cozy; homelike: a homey little inn.

Origin of homey

First recorded in 1850–55; home + -y1
Related formshom·ey·ness, hom·i·ness, noun
Can be confusedhomely homey

Synonym study

See homely.



noun, plural hom·eys, hom·ies. Slang.


or hom·ey


noun Slang.

Origin of homie

First recorded in 1940–45; by shortening and alteration
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Examples from the Web for homey

Contemporary Examples of homey

Historical Examples of homey

  • No, but like having everything so homey and—and—so genuine at our wedding?

    The Lovely Lady

    Mary Austin

  • "What a homely, homey place," said Anne, noting everything with the eye of an artist.

  • The room, evidently the best in the house, was homey and comfortable.

  • The farmhouses all put forth a comfortable, settled, homey look.

  • It was homey in the sense that the houses in Zenith were homey.

    Find the Woman

    Arthur Somers Roche

British Dictionary definitions for homey


adjective homier or homiest

a variant spelling (esp US) of homy


NZ informal a British person
Derived Formshomeyness, noun



slang, mainly US short for homeboy or homegirlSee homeboy
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Word Origin and History for homey

"home-like," by 1898, from home + -y (2).



also homey, by 1970s, slang, short for homeboy (q.v.). The identical word is recorded from the 1920s in New Zealand slang in the sense "recently arrived British immigrant."

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