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.
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Examples from the Web for hominess

Historical Examples of hominess

  • The hominess of the country store is gone and is a loss; but the gain in other directions is impressive.

    Proclaim Liberty!

    Gilbert Seldes

  • The quality of "hominess" is greatly increased in an article of furniture by a frank look or "home-made" appearance.

  • It boasted no definite style of architecture, but had a hominess that few houses possess.

  • Chintz slip covers changed them from blatant monstrosities to background blending items of hominess.

    If You're Going to Live in the Country

    Thomas H. Ormsbee and Richmond Huntley

  • "He adds the very last touch to the hominess of everything," said Phyllis, generously handing the kitten over to Bab.

    The Wyndam Girls

    Marion Ames Taggart

British Dictionary definitions for hominess


adjective homier or homiest

a variant spelling (esp US) of homy


NZ informal a British person
Derived Formshomeyness, noun
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Word Origin and History for hominess



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

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