Definitions

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

  • adj. Informal Having a feeling of home; comfortable; cozy.
  • n. Slang A homeboy or homegirl.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Someone, particularly a male acquaintance, from one's hometown.
  • n. A close friend or fellow member of a youth gang.
  • n. An inner-city youth.
  • adj. Befitting a home; cozy, intimate

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. having a feeling of home; cozy and comfortable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See homy.

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

  • adj. having a feeling of home; cozy and comfortable

Etymologies

Earliest known reference is in the 1946 tune by Ella Mae Morse and Freddie Slack, "The House of Blue Lights," when Morse improvises a spoken-word intro. Possible shortened form of homeboy. (Wiktionary)
home + -y (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I made this cake about three weeks ago for no particular reason other than I wanted to make a plain 'homey' cake but don't let the simplicity of the name deceive you.

    Orange Sour Cream Bundt Cake

  • She would approve that I served it in homey little ramekins dolloped with whipped cream but nary a raspberry or mint leaf in sight.

    Chocohotopots, Poofed!

  • It's certainly a beautiful new home with that lived in homey feel!

    A Visit to a 1920's Style House

  • In yesterday's paper, Stephanie Grace writes about how my main homey (and legendary Nagin enabler) Rob Couhig is on the board of the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority, which is being severely hamstrung by the Mayor's office in all kinds of ways.

    Archive 2007-06-01

  • Yes, this year's conference has featured both Stephen Baldwin -- who called Obama "homey" -- and some guy from 1985's The Goonies who now does voiceover work on videos about demon sheep who said Obama was "probably" planning to use Gitmo to imprison Andrew Breitbart and Ann Coulter.

    Karl Frisch: Postcards From the Edge (And by Edge, I Mean CPAC)

  • While she had planned to serve cheesecake for dessert, the rhubarb pie and ice cream sounded ever so much more "homey" -- especially since Jena had used a no bake boxed recipe.

    The Summer Girl

  • We needed no pressing; for fruit, since we left Vau Vau, of any kind had not come in our way; besides, these were "homey" -- currants, gooseberries, strawberries -- delightful to see, smell, and taste.

    The Cruise of the Cachalot Round the World After Sperm Whales

  • When something is warm, comfortable and cozy we say it's "homey" -- not "housey."

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • Lindy - these look delectable but totally simple and homey, which is exactly the kind of cookie I love.

    Sfratti

  • The restaurant can be described as homey but stylish, with a hip-elegant 60-seat interior.

    The Myth Restaurant and Lounge (French California Cuisine) - San Francisco CA

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