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comfortably informal; cozy; homelike; warm and friendly: a homey cottage
Not to be confused with:
homely – plain; unattractive: a homely mongrel; lacking refinement: a homely country boy
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hom·ey 1

also hom·y  (hō′mē)
adj. hom·i·er, hom·i·est Informal
Having a feeling of home; comfortable; cozy.

hom′ey·ness n.

hom·ey 2

n. Slang
Variant of homie.
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adj, homier or homiest
a variant spelling (esp US) of homy
informal NZ a British person
ˈhomeyness n
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or hom•y

(ˈhoʊ mi)

adj. hom•i•er, hom•i•est.
comfortably informal; cozy: a homey inn.
[1850–55; home + -y1]
hom′ey•ness, hom′i•ness, n.


(ˈhoʊ mi)
n., pl. -eys.
Slang. homeboy.
[by shortening]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.homey - having a feeling of home; cozy and comfortable; "the homely everyday atmosphere"; "a homey little inn"
comfortable, comfy - providing or experiencing physical well-being or relief (`comfy' is informal); "comfortable clothes"; "comfortable suburban houses"; "made himself comfortable in an armchair"; "the antihistamine made her feel more comfortable"; "are you comfortable?"; "feeling comfy now?"
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adjective (Chiefly U.S.) homely, comfortable, welcoming, domestic, friendly, familiar, cosy, comfy (informal), homespun, downhome (slang, chiefly U.S.), homelike a large, homey dining-room
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[ˈhəʊmɪ] ADJ (homier (compar) (homiest (superl))) (US) → íntimo, cómodo
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[ˈhəʊmi] (mainly US) adj (= cosy) [room, atmosphere, place] → simple et accueillant(e)
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adj (+er) (US inf) → gemütlich; atmosphere alsoheimelig, behaglich
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References in classic literature ?
It was so homey and refreshing that I sat down on the floor and read and looked and ate and laughed and cried, in my usual absurd way.
"It would seem more HOMEY. Everyone in Four Winds, except my husband, calls me Mrs.
In the twilight he had a good lounge on the sofa, and Polly sung to him, which arrangement he particularly enjoyed, it was so "cosy and homey." At nine o'clock, Polly packed his bag with clean clothes, nicely mended, such remnants of the festive tea as were transportable, and kissed him "good-night," with many injunctions to muffle up his throat going over the bridge, and be sure that his feet were dry and warm when he went to bed.
Amazingly, this success in federal court was not enough for Albert Homey. He now filed a claim with the Army Finance Office for back pay, allowances, and other benefits--which had been taken from him as the result of the total forfeitures punishment imposed by the court-martial panel on 19 October 1944.
They are closely followed by the homeys (18.5%), who are only interested in portraits of family, friends or pets, which then go proudly on display on their desk at work.
The front doors open right onto the sidewalk, and lead into a foyer no bigger than a cloakroom, while the interior of this tiny A-frame is similar to many mission churches scattered across the prairies: homey yet austere, warm with wooden walls, bannered beams, a few statues, a gilt Tabernacle, air redolent of damp wool, sweat, incense, and candle-wax, a commingling fragrance peculiar to those weathered holy places.
"The end result is a homey, comfortable, secure environment where residents have many opportunities to experience community life.
To reinforce that message, the Solae Web site (www.solae.com) features recipes, homey columns and guest appearances by notable chefs.
Of the wood accents at Hoivakoti, Halonen says "wood makes it feel natural and homey. It's really something like you'd want in your own home."
In a lively text, Jackson painstakingly takes readers through the transformation of Mason Randolph--a Stanford Law School-bound buppie--into "Malik" Randolph, a temporary resident homey of a "hood somewhere past Harlem's 125th Street." In a quest to live with "real" black folks, Malik adopts the language, the moves and personality of an authentic homeboy.
"Homey is gonna go until the machine stops spitting cash."
One practical idea is "the creation of reading environments that support students' effort to comprehend what they read" (Anderson-Inman and Homey, 1998, p.