Lacking in beauty or elegance, plain in appearance, physically unattractive. (adjective)
Proficient in skills needed to maintain a home (see homemaker). (adjective)
Examples of word homely
Buncombe was delighted to encounter a sea-faring friend, and insisted on taking George Jernam down to River View Cottage to eat what he called a homely bit of dinner.
In the book, Winifred is plain -- homely, even -- but bright, talented, hard-working, and explicitly a very nice girl.
Yet despite the fact that he was often referred to as homely or even ugly, Maureen was struck by how absolutely beautiful he was.
Scott started to confide in a woman he worked with, a woman he describes as homely, someone he could safely talk to without the risk of straying.
In earlier days it had certainly been better kept; it now looked like any of the other Yugoslavian spas, which are patronized by the peasants and small shopkeepers, and showed a certain homely untidiness, though nothing worse.