[ stey-uht-hohm ]
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  1. not inclined to travel or seek diversions or pastimes outside one's residence, area, or country.

  2. of or relating to time spent at home: a stay-at-home evening.

  1. a person who stays at home a good deal; a person not inclined to travel; homebody.

Origin of stay-at-home

First recorded in 1800–10

Words Nearby stay-at-home Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use stay-at-home in a sentence

  • Doesn't it spur you on to feel how much we have to learn and how ignorant we are in our stay-at-home villages?

  • Until he went to Tilliedrum Jamie had been more a stay-at-home boy than most.

    A Window in Thrums | J. M. Barrie
  • You are the most stay-at-home person by way of a gentleman that I ever heard of.

    An Old Man's Love | Anthony Trollope
  • But in stay-at-home families, though the evenings are pleasant, I think they are seldom ideal.

    Girls and Women | Harriet E. Paine (AKA E. Chester}
  • A penny a day does not seem such an insufficient minimum wage to a traveler, as it does to a stay-at-home person.

    Humanly Speaking | Samuel McChord Crothers

British Dictionary definitions for stay-at-home


  1. (of a person) enjoying a quiet, settled, and unadventurous use of leisure

  1. a stay-at-home person

  2. a person who does not bother to vote in a political election

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