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[doun-hohm] /ˈdaʊnˈhoʊm/
of, relating to, or exhibiting the simple, familiar, or folksy qualities associated with one's family or with rural areas, especially of the southern U.S.:
down-home cooking; down-home hospitality.
Origin of down-home
1820-30, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But the one he was thinking of must be an old man by this time, for it seemed as if he had known him down home in his youth.

  • Lizzie got down home all right and her brother is coming back with her.

  • I brought them down home, and nursed him for three months, till he died.

    With Wolfe in Canada G. A. Henty
  • And yet, he had said no more than some stranger, if there could be such a stranger, would have said down home.

    The Sport of the Gods Paul Laurence Dunbar
  • down home, continued Billy, we always kill a chicken when we expect a minister.

    Winona of the Camp Fire Margaret Widdemer
  • You know, down home they're nice to you if they know who you are, and all about your family.

    Kit of Greenacre Farm Izola Forrester
  • I took Frank there, intending to bring him down home with me when I came, and surprise you all.

  • We walked together down to your street, Forty-fourthand then you turned off and I went on down home.

    The Luminous Face Carolyn Wells
  • No, not exactly, though the sunset did look a bit like some we have down home.

    For the Honor of the School Ralph Henry Barbour
  • What wouldn't I give to have a good dog just now, such as my old Bunker down home in Virginia.

    Canoe Mates in Canada St. George Rathborne
British Dictionary definitions for down home


(slang, mainly US) of, relating to, or reminiscent of rural life, esp in the southern US; unsophisticated
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for down home

down home

adjective phrase

Simple; homey: a down-home meal of roast chicken, potatoes, and peas

adverb phrase

  1. In the southern US; in Dixie
  2. In a Southern regional or ethnic manner: funkier than blues and playing about as down home as you can get


: He was getting away from all that old down-home stuff

noun phrase

: old buddy from down home (1848+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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