WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
home•ly /ˈhoʊmli/USA pronunciation   adj.,  -li•er, -li•est. 
  1. unattractive;
    plain:a homely but lovable puppy.
  2. simple;
    unpretentious:homely food.
home•li•ness, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
home•ly  (hōmlē),USA pronunciation adj.,  -li•er, -li•est. 
  1. lacking in physical attractiveness;
    not beautiful;
    unattractive:a homely child.
  2. not having elegance, refinement, or cultivation.
  3. proper or suited to the home or to ordinary domestic life;
    unpretentious:homely food.
  4. commonly seen or known.
homeli•ness, n. 
  • Middle English homly. See home, -ly 1300–50
    • 1, 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged Simple, homely (
      homelike, plain imply absence of adornment or embellishment. Something that is
      simple is not elaborate or complex:a simple kind of dress.In the United States,
      homely usually suggests absence of natural beauty:an unattractive person almost homely enough to be called ugly.In England, the word suggests a wholesome simplicity without artificial refinement or elegance;
      since it characterizes that which is comfortable and attractive, it is equivalent to
      homey:a homely cottage.Homelike also emphasizes comfort and attractiveness, but it conveys less strongly than does
      homey a sense of intimate security:a homelike interior, arrangement, atmosphere.Something that is
      plain has little or no adornment:expensive but plain clothing.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

homely /ˈhəʊmlɪ/ adj ( -lier, -liest)
  1. characteristic of or suited to the ordinary home; unpretentious
  2. (of a person) Brit warm and domesticated in manner or appearance
  3. chiefly US Canadian plain or ugly

ˈhomeliness n

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