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/ ˈhoʊ mi /
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adjective, hom·i·er, hom·i·est.
Archaic. a variant of homey1.
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What does homy mean?

Homy is a rare alternate spelling of homey, which 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 house (or a particular room in it) more homey, typically by decorating it in a way that makes it cozier or more comfortable. It 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 homy.

Where does homy come from?

The first records of the adjective homy come from the mid-1800s. It comes from 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 and homy should not be confused with homely, which is most commonly used as a way to describe someone as unattractive.

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What are some other forms related to homy?

  • homey (much more common spelling)
  • homier (comparative adjective)
  • homiest (superlative adjective)
  • hominess (noun)
  • homeyness (noun)

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How is homy used in real life?

Homy is rarely used—the spelling homey is much more common. It’s 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.



Try using homy!

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

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

How to use homy in a sentence

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

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

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

    The Sturdy Oak|Samuel Merwin, et al.
  • She raised a fold of the gown and breathed in rapturously that homy perfume.

    The Pagan Madonna|Harold MacGrath

British Dictionary definitions for homy


esp US homey

/ (ˈhəʊmɪ) /

adjective homier or homiest
like a home, esp in comfort or informality; cosy

Derived forms of homy

hominess or esp US homeyness, noun
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