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 for homely
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Homely \Home"ly\, a. [Compar. Homelier; superl. Homeliest.]
     [From Home, n.]
     1. Belonging to, or having the characteristics of, home;
        domestic; familiar; intimate. [Archaic]
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              With all these men I was right homely, and communed
              with, them long and oft.              --Foxe.
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              Their homely joys, and destiny obscure. --Gray.
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     2. Plain; unpretending; rude in appearance; unpolished; as, a
        homely garment; a homely house; homely fare; homely
        manners.
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              Now Strephon daily entertains
              His Chloe in the homeliest strains.   --Pope.
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     3. Of plain or coarse features; uncomely; ugly; -- usually
        used of people, especially women; -- contrary to
        handsome.
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              None so homely but loves a looking-glass. --South.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Homely \Home"ly\, adv.
     Plainly; rudely; coarsely; as, homely dressed. [R.]
     --Spenser.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  homely
      adj 1: lacking in physical beauty or proportion; "a homely
             child"; "several of the buildings were downright homely";
             "a plain girl with a freckled face" [syn: homely,
             plain]
      2: having a feeling of home; cozy and comfortable; "the homely
         everyday atmosphere"; "a homey little inn" [syn: homelike,
         homely, homey, homy]
      3: plain and unpretentious; "homely truths"; "letters to his son
         full of homely advice"; "homely fare"
      4: without artificial refinement or elegance; "plain homely
         furniture"; "homely manners"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  204 Moby Thesaurus words for "homely":
     Attic, Babbittish, Bohemian, Philistine, Spartan, affable, amiable,
     ascetic, austere, bald, bare, baseborn, basic, beautiless,
     below the salt, blemished, blotted, bourgeois, cacophonic,
     cacophonous, campy, candid, casual, chaste, cheerful, classic,
     classical, cockney, comfortable, comfy, commodious, common,
     commonplace, congenial, contented, convenient, cordial, cosy, cozy,
     cushioned, cushiony, cushy, defaced, degage, direct, disfigured,
     domestic, dry, dull, dysphemistic, dysphemized, easeful, easy,
     easygoing, elementary, essential, everyday, familiar, folksy,
     frank, free and easy, friendly, fundamental, garden,
     garden-variety, general, gracious, haymish, high-camp, homelike,
     homespun, homey, homish, homogeneous, household, humble,
     humble-looking, humble-visaged, humblest, ill-favored, indivisible,
     inelegant, informal, inglorious, innocuous, intimate, irreducible,
     irregular, kitschy, lean, least, lived-in, loose, low, low-camp,
     lowborn, lowbred, lowest, lowliest, lowly, luxurious, marred,
     matter-of-fact, mean, mere, modest, monolithic, natural, neat,
     nonclerical, nondescript, of a piece, offhand, offhanded, open,
     ordinary, peaceful, plain, plain-speaking, plain-spoken, plebeian,
     poor, pop, popular, primal, primary, prosaic, prosing, prosy,
     public, pure, pure and simple, relaxed, relaxing, reposeful,
     restful, roomy, rude, rustic, serene, severe, shabby-genteel,
     short on looks, simon-pure, simple, simple-speaking, single, small,
     snug, sober, sociable, soft, spare, spoiled, stark,
     straightforward, teachable, third-estate, tranquil, uglified, ugly,
     ugly as hell, ugly as sin, unadorned, unaesthetic, unaffected,
     unalluring, unassuming, unattractive, unbeauteous, unbeautiful,
     unceremonious, uncluttered, uncomely, unconstrained,
     unconventional, undifferenced, undifferentiated, undistinguished,
     unelaborate, ungarnished, ungenteel, unhandsome, uniform,
     unimaginative, unimportant, unlovely, unofficial, unornamented,
     unostentatious, unpleasing, unpoetical, unpretending,
     unpretentious, unpretty, unsightly, unsophisticated, unstudied,
     unvarnished, vernacular, vulgar, warm, workaday, workday
  
  

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