Definition of homely adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈhəʊmli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhoʊmli//
    (homelier, homeliest) Attractiveness
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  1. 1(British English, approving) (of a place) making you feel comfortable, as if you were in your own home The hotel has a lovely homely feel to it. The restaurant was quite homely, with just a dozen tables.
  2. 2(approving, especially British English) simple and good homely cooking
  3. 3(British English, approving) (of a woman) warm and friendly and enjoying the pleasures of home and family His landlady was a kind, homely woman.
  4. 4(North American English, disapproving) (of a person’s appearance) not attractive synonym plain a homely child See related entries: Attractiveness
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: homely