homebody

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home +‎ body

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homebody (plural homebodies)

  1. (Canada, US, informal) A person who prefers to remain at home, rather than participate in social events elsewhere.
    Synonyms: couch potato, stay at home
    • 1852, Mary Henderson Eastman, “chapter XIV”, in Aunt Phillis's Cabin:
      After Phillis left Mrs. Weston's room, she was on her way to her cabin, when she noticed Aunt Peggy sitting alone at the door. She was rather a homebody; yet she reproached herself with having neglected poor old Peggy, when she saw her looking so desolate and dejected.
    Although my uncle likes to travel, my aunt is a homebody, so he usually comes with us while she stays home with her cats.

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