lacking in physical attractiveness; not beautiful; unattractive:a homely child.
not having elegance, refinement, or cultivation.
proper or suited to the home or to ordinary domestic life; plain; unpretentious:homely food.
commonly seen or known.
Middle English homly. See home, -ly 1300–50
1, 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged
3.See corresponding entry in UnabridgedSimple,homely (homey), 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.