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homely (adj.)

late 14c., "of or belonging to home or household, domestic," from Middle English hom "home" (see home (n.)) + -ly (1). Sense of "plain, unadorned, simple" (as domestic scenes often were) is late 14c., and extension to "having a plain appearance, without particular beauty of features, crude" took place c. 1400, but survived chiefly in U.S., especially in New England, where it was the usual term for "physically unattractive;" ugly meaning typically "ill-tempered." In the old sense of "domestic, of or pertaining to domestic life," homish (1560s) and homelike (1789) have been used.

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Definitions of homely from WordNet

homely (adj.)
lacking in physical beauty or proportion;
a homely child
several of the buildings were downright homely
Synonyms: plain
homely (adj.)
having a feeling of home; cozy and comfortable;
the homely everyday atmosphere
Synonyms: homelike / homey / homy
homely (adj.)
plain and unpretentious;
homely truths
letters to his son full of homely advice
homely fare
homely (adj.)
without artificial refinement or elegance;
plain homely furniture
homely manners
From wordnet.princeton.edu