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Homely, 1) plain, simple, humble, not refined; used both of persons and things: “the h. villain courtsies to her low,” Lucr. 1338. “home-keeping youth have ever h. wits,” Gent. I, 1, 2. “h. meat,” All's II, 2, 49. “my h. stars,” II, 5, 80. “a most h. shepherd,” Wint. IV, 2, 43. “h. foolery,” IV, 4, 341. “with h. biggen bound,” H4B IV, 5, 27. “rich hangings in a h. house,” H6B V, 3, 12. “a h. swain,” H6C II, 5, 22. “curds,” H6C II, 5, 22 “be plain and h. in thy drift,” Rom. II, 3, 55. “a h. man's advice,” Mcb. IV, 2, 68. “make what's h. savoury,” Cymb. III, 6, 33.
2) of plain features, ugly: “upon a h. object Love can wink,” Gent. II, 4, 98. “hath h. age the alluring beauty took from my poor cheek?” Err. II, 1, 89. “I'll have thy beauty made more h. than thy state,” Wint. IV, 4, 437.
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