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Definition of Homely


  1. Belonging to, or having the characteristics of, home; domestic; familiar; intimate.
  2. Plain; unpretending; rude in appearance; unpolished; as, a homely garment; a homely house; homely fare; homely manners.
  3. Of plain or coarse features; uncomely; -- contrary to handsome.
  4. Plainly; rudely; coarsely; as, homely dressed.

Homely Quotations

I grew up in a time when women didn't really do comedy. You had to be homely, overweight, an old maid, all that. You had to play a stereotype, because very attractive women were not supposed to be funny - because it's powerful; it's a threat.
Lily Tomlin

Good-looking individuals are treated better than homely ones in virtually every social situation, from dating to trial by jury. If everyday experience hasn't convinced you of this, there's research that will.
Martha Beck

I'm not homely enough to play the nerdy girl and not nearly pretty enough to play the pretty girl.
Kristen Bell

Show me a genuine case of platonic friendship, and I shall show you two old or homely faces.
Austin O'Malley

My problem was that I was blond. There were no heroes with blond hair. Robert Taylor and Henry Fonda, they all had dark hair. The only one I found was Van Johnson, who wasn't too cool. He was a nice, homely American boy. So I created my own image. It worked.
Michael Caine
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Homely Translations

homely in Norwegian is enkel, stygg
homely in Swedish is ful, oansenlig, enkel
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