Homely describes someone who's plain or unattractive, like your homely Aunt Agnes or her squish-faced bulldog.

The adjective homely is a slightly more gentle word than ugly, with a meaning closer to "plain" than "hideous." It's almost always used to describe a less-than-attractive person, and occasionally an animal. If you were British, you'd use homely to mean "cozy and homelike," but in the United States you'd say "homey". Be careful not to confuse homey with homely, or you could accidentally hurt someone's feelings.

Definitions of homely
  1. adjective
    lacking in physical beauty or proportion
    “a homely child”
    “several of the buildings were downright homely
    synonyms: plain
    lacking beauty or charm
  2. adjective
    without artificial refinement or elegance
    “plain homely furniture”
    homely manners”
    lacking in refinement or grace or good taste
  3. adjective
    plain and unpretentious
    homely truths”
    “letters to his son full of homely advice”
    homely fare”
    not elaborate or elaborated; simple
  4. adjective
    having a feeling of home; cozy and comfortable
    “the homely everyday atmosphere”
    synonyms: homelike, homey, homy
    comfortable, comfy
    providing or experiencing physical well-being or relief (`comfy' is informal)
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