home is home though it’s never so homely

The archaic phrase never so means ‘ever so’.

1546 J. HEYWOOD Dialogue of Proverbs I. iv. B1 Home is homely, though it be poore in syght.

1569–70 Stationers’ Register (1875) 1.192 A ballett intituled home ys homelye be yt neuer so ill.

1670 J. RAY English Proverbs 103 Home is home though it be never so homely.

1857 DICKENS Little Dorrit II. ix. ‘Just as Home is Home though it’s never so Homely, why you see,’ said Mr. Meagles, adding a new version to the proverb, ‘Rome is Rome though it’s never so Romely.’

1915 J. WEBSTER Dear Enemy 46 Hame is hame, be’t ever sae hamely. Don’t you marvel at the Scotch?

Proverbs new dictionary.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • home — see home is home, as the devil said when he found himself in the Court of Session home is home though it’s never so homely home is where the heart is charity begins at home curses, like chickens, come home to roost …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs, Thematic Index — absence absence makes the heart grow fonder he who is absent is always in the wrong the best of friends must part blue are the hills that are far away distance lends enchantment to the view out of sight, out of mind …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • is — 1. For general points of usage see be. Some common and interesting idiomatic uses of is are given here. 2. For is after a compound subject, as in Fish and chips is my favourite meal, see agreement 3. For problems of agreement between subject and… …   Modern English usage

  • Daheim — 1. Daheim bin ich König. – Eiselein, 110. Lat.: Quilibet domi suae rex. (Eiselein, 110.) 2. Daheim erzogen Kind ist in der Fremde wie ein Rind. – Simrock, 1484. 3. Daheim gilt unser Kreuzer einen Batzen. – Körte, 815; Simrock, 1483. Besonders von …   Deutsches Sprichwörter-Lexikon

  • literature — /lit euhr euh cheuhr, choor , li treuh /, n. 1. writings in which expression and form, in connection with ideas of permanent and universal interest, are characteristic or essential features, as poetry, novels, history, biography, and essays. 2.… …   Universalium

  • Hogan's Heroes — Format Military sitcom Created by Bernard Fein Albert S. Ruddy …   Wikipedia

  • Mail order — Cover of a mail order catalogue for scientific equipment. Mail order is a term which describes the buying of goods or services by mail delivery. The buyer places an order for the desired products with the merchant through some remote method such… …   Wikipedia

  • Mrs. Lovett — as portrayed by Helena Bonham Carter Portrayed by Stella Rho (original 1936 movie) Angela Lansbury (original 1979 Broadway cast) Sheila …   Wikipedia

  • List of Emily Dickinson poems — This is a list of Emily Dickinson poems. There are 1,775 known poems that have been written by Dickinson. The poems are alphabetized by their first line. Punctuation, capitalization and even in some cases wording of the first lines may vary… …   Wikipedia

  • South Asian arts — Literary, performing, and visual arts of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. Myths of the popular gods, Vishnu and Shiva, in the Puranas (ancient tales) and the Mahabharata and Ramayana epics, supply material for representational and… …   Universalium

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.