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homespun

[hohm-spuhn] /ˈhoʊmˌspʌn/
adjective
1.
spun or made at home:
homespun cloth.
2.
made of such cloth:
homespun clothing.
3.
plain; unpolished; unsophisticated; simple; rustic:
homespun humor.
noun
4.
a plain-weave cloth made at home, or of homespun yarn.
5.
any cloth of similar appearance.
6.
a rustic person.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; home + spun
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Examples from the web for homespun
  • Some are made of fine wool while others are composed of homespun yarn.
  • Pausing in his duties, a ruddy-faced lamplighter in plain homespun pauses to carouse with his fellows in the village streets.
  • His kingship was conspicuous by its workday homespun.
  • Several months later, the first pernicious homespun code appeared.
  • Human-rights campaigners point out that a number of notable homespun intellectuals are in jail.
  • She lambasted rulers with homespun humor, and exhorted people to join her at protests.
  • Some of the smaller papers were special because they had a homespun, regional flavor.
  • He has never offered me homespun advice that was no less true because it took the form of familiar bromides.
  • It's not the first time modern technology has been shamed by the homespun methods of the locals.
  • It has a homespun flavor and has been subjected to rigid kitchen and laboratory tests before getting into commercial production.
British Dictionary definitions for homespun

homespun

/ˈhəʊmˌspʌn/
adjective
1.
having plain or unsophisticated character
2.
woven or spun at home
noun
3.
cloth made at home or made of yarn spun at home
4.
a cloth resembling this but made on a power loom
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Word Origin and History for homespun
adj.

1580s, "spun at home," from home (n.) + spun. Figurative sense of "plain, homely" is from c.1600. As a noun, from c.1600.

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