Homeliness



[hohm-lee] /ˈhoʊm li/

adjective, homelier, homeliest.
1.
lacking in physical attractiveness; not beautiful; unattractive:
a homely child.
2.
not having elegance, refinement, or cultivation.
3.
proper or suited to the or to ordinary domestic life; plain; unpretentious:
homely food.
4.
commonly seen or known.
/ˈhəʊmlɪ/
adjective -lier, -liest
1.
characteristic of or suited to the ordinary home; unpretentious
2.
(of a person)

n.

mid-14c., from homely + -ness. Originally “meekness, gentleness,” also “familiarity, intimacy; friendliness;” sense degenerated by c.1400 to “want of refinement in manners, coarseness; presumptuousness.”
adj.

late 14c., “of or belonging to home or household, domestic,” from Middle English hom “home” (see home (n.)) + -ly (2). Sense of “plain, unadorned, simple” is late 14c., and extension to “having a plain appearance, ugly, crude” took place c.1400, but now survives chiefly in U.S., especially in New England, where it was the usual term for “physically unattractive;” ugly being typically “ill-tempered.”

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