from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Spun or woven in the home.
  • adjective Made of a homespun fabric.
  • adjective Simple and homely; unpretentious.
  • noun A plain, coarse, usually woolen cloth made of homespun yarn.
  • noun A similar sturdy fabric made on a power loom.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Spun or wrought at home; of domestic manufacture.
  • Hence Of domestic origin; plain; familiar; commonplace.
  • noun Cloth made at home; home-made clothing.
  • noun A coarse and loosely woven woolen material, made in imitation of actual home-made cloth.
  • noun A coarse, unpolished, or rustic person.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Spun or wrought at home; of domestic manufacture; coarse; plain.
  • adjective Plain in manner or style; not elegant; rude; coarse.
  • noun Cloth made at home.
  • noun obsolete An unpolished, rustic person.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective of yarn Spun in the home.
  • adjective of fabric Woven in the home.
  • adjective of clothing, etc. Made from homespun fabric.
  • adjective by extension Plain and homely; unsophisticated and unpretentious.
  • noun Fabric made from homespun yarn.
  • noun obsolete An unpolished, rustic person.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective of textiles; having a rough surface
  • noun a rough loosely woven fabric originally made with yarn that was spun at home
  • adjective characteristic of country life
  • adjective made of cloth spun or woven in the home


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  • "This, then, was my bedroom and workroom. There were five beds in it, each with its own shapeless mattress made of coarse homespun and filled with corn shucks. The shucks were astonishingly noisy and the homespun was very hard on the skin, especially sunburnt skin, but the mattresses were always beautifully cool."

    - 'The Madwoman's Underclothes', Germaine Greer.

    March 26, 2008