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/ ˈhoʊ mi /
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adjective, hom·i·er, hom·i·est.
comfortably informal and inviting; cozy; homelike: a homey little inn.
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Origin of homey

First recorded in 1850–55; home + -y1

synonym study for homey

See homely.


hom·ey·ness, hom·i·ness, noun


homely, homey

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[ hoh-mee ]
/ ˈhoʊ mi /

noun, plural hom·eys, hom·ies.Slang.
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What does homey mean?

Homey is used to describe a place as cozy, comfortable, and inviting.

It’s often used to describe a home that feels this way. You might discuss ways of making your place (or a particular room in it) more homey, typically by decorating it in a way that makes it cozier or more comfortable. Homey can also be used to describe a place that’s not a home but that’s comfortable and inviting like your own home, such as a hotel room, cozy restaurant, or nicely decorated office.

Example: The new fireplace makes the living room feel so homey.

Unrelatedly, homey is an alternative spelling of the noun homie, which is a slang term for a close friend. It can be used to refer to a friend, as in This is my homey Russel, or as a term of address for one, as in Hey, homey!

Example: I’m having a night out with just me and my homeys.

Where does homey come from?

The first records of the adjective homey come from the mid-1800s. It is composed of the word home and the adjective-forming suffix -y.

Everyone has a different idea of what makes a place homey, and people have different ways of making their home homey. However, the word is often associated with certain design elements, typically ones that are intended to make a space cozier, such as rugs, curtains, candles, artwork, and plants.

Homey should not be confused with homely, which is most commonly used as a way to describe someone as unattractive.

The slang term homey is a variant of homie, which is a shortened, gender-neutral form of homeboy or homegirl. These terms are all associated with urban and hip hop culture and are primarily used by members of African American and Latinx communities in the U.S.

They commonly refer to a close friend who’s from the same neighborhood. In some cases, the words are used to refer to a fellow gang member. However, the terms have entered mainstream use and usually simply refer to a close friend.

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What are some other forms related to the adjective homey?

  • homy (rare alternate spelling)
  • homier (comparative adjective)
  • homiest (superlative adjective)
  • homeyness (noun)
  • hominess (noun)

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What are some other forms related to the noun homey?

  • homie (alternate spelling)
  • homeys (plural)
  • homies (plural)

What are some synonyms for the noun homey?

What are some words that share a root or word element with the noun homey


What are some words that often get used in discussing the adjective homey?

How is homey used in real life?

Homey is usually used to describe one’s own home, a room in it, or a space that feels as cozy or inviting as one’s own home.

The slang term homey is also commonly seen as homie.



Try using homey!

Which of the following words would be used to describe a space that’s considered homey?

A. comfortable
B. inviting
C. warm
D. all of the above

How to use homey in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for homey

/ (ˈhəʊmɪ) /

adjective homier or homiest
a variant spelling (esp US) of homy
NZ informal a British person

Derived forms of homey

homeyness, noun
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