homely

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.

Primary Meanings of homely

1.
adj
lacking in physical beauty or proportion
2.
adj
having a feeling of home; cozy and comfortable
Full Definitions of homely
1

adj lacking in physical beauty or proportion

“a homely child”
“several of the buildings were downright homely
Synonyms:
plain
unattractive
lacking beauty or charm

adj without artificial refinement or elegance

“plain homely furniture”
homely manners”
Synonyms:
inelegant
lacking in refinement or grace or good taste

adj plain and unpretentious

homely truths”
“letters to his son full of homely advice”
homely fare”
Synonyms:
plain
not elaborate or elaborated; simple
2

adj 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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