Home·ly, a. [Compar. Homelier superl. Homeliest.]
1. Belonging to, or having the characteristics of, home; domestic; familiar; intimate. [Archaic]
With all these men I was right homely, and communed with, them long and oft. --Foxe.
Their homely joys, and destiny obscure. --Gray.
2. Plain; unpretending; rude in appearance; unpolished; as, a homely garment; a homely house; homely fare; homely manners.
Now Strephon daily entertains
His Chloe in the homeliest strains. --Pope.
3. Of plain or coarse features; uncomely; ugly; -- usually used of people, especially women; -- contrary to handsome.
None so homely but loves a looking-glass. --South.
adj 1: lacking in physical beauty or proportion; "a homely child";
"several of the buildings were downright homely"; "a
plain girl with a freckled face" [syn: plain]
2: having a feeling of home; cozy and comfortable; "the homely
everyday atmosphere"; "a homey little inn" [syn: homelike,
3: plain and unpretentious; "homely truths"; "letters to his
son full of homely advice"; "homely fare"
4: without artificial refinement or elegance; "plain homely
furniture"; "homely manners"
[also: homeliest, homelier]