from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Spun or woven in the home: homespun linen.
  • adj. Made of a homespun fabric: a homespun tablecloth.
  • adj. Simple and homely; unpretentious: "Most small towns would have gladly forfeited some of their homespun values if it meant luring a firm there” ( William Mueller).
  • n. A plain, coarse, usually woolen cloth made of homespun yarn.
  • n. A similar sturdy fabric made on a power loom.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Spun in the home.
  • adj. Woven in the home.
  • adj. Made from homespun fabric.
  • adj. Plain and homely; unsophisticated and unpretentious.
  • n. Fabric made from homespun yarn.
  • n. An unpolished, rustic person.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

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  • n. a rough loosely woven fabric originally made with yarn that was spun at home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


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  • Frenchman who was brought into Penobscot, dressed in homespun, and sent to meeting.


  • In support of the nonimportation movements of 1765 and 1769, the Daughters of Liberty used their traditional skills to weave yarn and wool into homemade cloth they called homespun, which made America less dependent on British textiles.

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  • At her feet, knelt a boy dressed in homespun cotton fringed with red indígena motifs.

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  • Some time about the year 1827, two sturdy lads, tall and well proportioned but clad in homespun and barefooted, came to "Dryden Corners" from the South Hill neighborhood, driving an ox team and bringing to market a wagon load of pine shingles which they had shaved by hand.

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  • Being a bit of a Gordon Sinclair addict myself -- you know, when I did Front Page Challenge recently Mr. Sinclair was so nice to me he didn't even ask me what my salary was -- I believe in homespun philosophy.

    Bermuda Calling

  • However, I must not indulge in homespun wisdom here before so distinguished an assembly, especially as I am to be followed by a representative of science.

    Knut Hamsun - Banquet Speech

  • [Page 146] not take his view of it, and we think it hypocrisy objecting to a fallen woman in homespun on the stage, when a fallen woman in satin has been the theme of such a great number of plays that have been passed. '

    Our Irish Theatre: A Chapter of Autobiography

  • When, contrary to the old-established custom of the demagogue, the little politician in homespun had confided to the men in front of him what he thought of them, he told them that the Woman's Movement which they held themselves so clever for ridiculing, was in much the same position to-day as the Extension of Suffrage for men was in '67.

    The Convert

  • I told the girls about it, and when they got home they were a beautiful blue all about their necks, and they hardly allowed the word homespun ever to be uttered to them until we really had to make it at home and wear it.

    A southern woman's war time reminiscences,

  • He contemned all the elegancies of diction, using only plain homespun English, aiming at direct and compact statement in the fewest words, and those sometimes chosen with more respect to convenience than precision.

    Eulogy of Abraham Lincoln


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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