- The definition of homely is looking plain or unattractive.
A woman wearing large glasses and clothes that fit badly is an example of homely.
- homeliness noun
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adjective home·li·er, home·li·est
- Not attractive or good-looking: a homely child.
- Lacking elegance or refinement: homely furniture.
- Of a simple or unpretentious nature; plain: homely truths.
- Characteristic of the home or of home life: homely skills.
- homeˈli·ness noun