or hom·y

adjective, hom·i·er, hom·i·est.
  1. 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 homy

Historical Examples of homy

  • She raised a fold of the gown and breathed in rapturously that homy perfume.

    The Pagan Madonna

    Harold MacGrath

  • I tell you, doctor, its as homy and comfortable as anything you ever saw.


    George Allan England

  • I'm going to ask you for just a mouthful more, it tastes so delicious and homy!

    The Sturdy Oak

    Samuel Merwin, et al.

  • Within the lodge was a homy fireplace, and a glossy elk's-head which peered out above the mantel.

British Dictionary definitions for homy


esp US homey

adjective homier or homiest
  1. like a home, esp in comfort or informality; cosy
Derived Formshominess or esp US homeyness, noun


adjective homier or homiest
  1. a variant spelling (esp US) of homy
  1. NZ informal a British person
Derived Formshomeyness, noun
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Word Origin and History for homy

"home-like," 1856, from home + -y (2). Related: Hominess.



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

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