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homey1

or homy

[hoh-mee] /ˈhoʊ mi/
adjective, homier, homiest.
1.
comfortably informal and inviting; cozy; homelike:
a homey little inn.
Origin of homey1
1850-1855
1850-55; home + -y1
Related forms
homeyness, hominess, noun
Can be confused
homely, homey.
Synonym Study
See homely.

homey2

[hoh-mee] /ˈhoʊ mi/
noun, plural homeys, homies. Slang.
1.

homie

or homey

[hoh-mee] /ˈhoʊ mi/
noun, Slang.
1.
Origin
1940-45; by shortening and alteration
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Examples from the Web for homey
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  • It is the "homey" air they enjoy and not elaborate decorations or menu.

    Herself E. B. Lowry
  • No, but like having everything so homey and—and—so genuine at our wedding?

    The Lovely Lady Mary Austin
  • It was such a homey place that we felt welcome and perfectly comfortable at once.

    Letters on an Elk Hunt Elinore Pruitt Stewart
  • "What a homely, homey place," said Anne, noting everything with the eye of an artist.

  • Through the black masses of trees that lined the shore could be seen the glow of windows, yellow and homey.

    The "Genius" Theodore Dreiser
British Dictionary definitions for homey

homey

/ˈhəʊmɪ/
adjective homier, homiest
1.
a variant spelling (esp US) of homy
noun
2.
(NZ, informal) a British person
Derived Forms
homeyness, noun

homie

/ˈhəʊmɪ/
noun
1.
(slang, mainly US) short for homeboy or homegirl See homeboy
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Word Origin and History for homey
adj.

"home-like," by 1898, from home + -y (2).

homie

n.

also homey, by 1970s, slang, short for homeboy (q.v.). The identical word is recorded from the 1920s in New Zealand slang in the sense "recently arrived British immigrant."

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Slang definitions & phrases for homey

homie

modifier

: and ''homie love,'' the camaraderie among members of his gang

noun

  1. (also homey) A close friend or a fellow townsperson; buddy, home boy: is expecting more than her homies to support her/ Then get yourself a job, homie (1970s+ Black)
  2. A male homosexual; faggot, queer (1940s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Related Abbreviations for homey

homie

homeboy
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