Home"ly, a. [Compar. Homelier (?); superl. Homeliest.] [From Home, n.]

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; -- contrary to handsome.

None so homely but loves a looking-glass. South.

 

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Home"ly, adv.

Plainly; rudely; coarsely; as, homely dressed.

[R.]

Spenser.

 

© Webster 1913.

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