homely(redirected from homelier)
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adj. -li•er, -li•est.
In American English, if you say that a person is homely, you mean that they are not attractive to look at.
You cannot use homely in this way in British English. If you want to say that someone is not attractive to look at, you say that they are plain.
In British English, if you say that someone is homely, you mean that they behave kindly and in a simple, unsophisticated way.
|Adj.||1.||homely - lacking in physical beauty or proportion; "a homely child"; "several of the buildings were downright homely"; "a plain girl with a freckled face"|
unattractive - lacking beauty or charm; "as unattractive as most mining regions"
|2.||homely - having a feeling of home; cozy and comfortable; "the homely everyday atmosphere"; "a homey little inn"|
|3.||homely - plain and unpretentious; "homely truths"; "letters to his son full of homely advice"; "homely fare"|
plain - not elaborate or elaborated; simple; "plain food"; "stuck to the plain facts"; "a plain blue suit"; "a plain rectangular brick building"
|4.||homely - without artificial refinement or elegance; "plain homely furniture"; "homely manners"|
inelegant - lacking in refinement or grace or good taste
plain affected, grand, sophisticated, elegant, elaborate, splendid, refined, regal, pretentious, ostentatious
homely[ˈhəʊmlɪ] ADJ (homelier (compar) (homeliest (superl)))
it's very homely here → aquí se está como en casa
The man was homely and fat → L'homme avait un physique plutôt ingrat et était trop gros.home-made [ˌhəʊmˈmeɪd] adj → fait(e) maisonhome-maker [ˈhəʊmlmeɪkər] n (woman) → femme f d'intérieur; (man) → homme m d'intérieurhome match n → match m à domicilehome movie n → vidéo f amateurhome nations npl (British) (= England, N. Ireland, Scotland & Wales) the home nations → les quatre nations fpl britanniqueshome news npl → des nouvelles fpl du paysHome Office n (British) → ministère m de l'Intérieur