- depressed or sad because of the lack of friends, companionship, etc.; lonely: to feel lonesome.
- attended with or causing such a state or feeling: a lonesome evening at home.
- lonely or deserted in situation; remote, desolate, or isolated: a lonesome road.
- on/by one's lonesome, Informal. alone: She went walking by her lonesome.Also Scot., by one's lane.
Origin of lonesome
1. See alone.
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"Oh, it makes me so lonesome when you sing that way," wailed the Little Colonel.The Little Colonel
Annie Fellows Johnston
But it must be a long, lonesome road, and the rain was coming on.In the Valley
Poor, honest Fido, how lonesome he was and how he moped about!A Little Book of Profitable Tales
If you're careful you're safe here for the day, although you may be lonesome.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
"It's lonesome enough for any sort of a hermit," said Fenn, as he paused and looked about him.Frank Roscoe's Secret
- mainly US and Canadian another word for lonely
- on one's lonesome or US by one's lonesome informal on one's own
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Word Origin and History for lonesome
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