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lonesome

[lohn-suh m] /ˈloʊn səm/
adjective
1.
depressed or sad because of the lack of friends, companionship, etc.; lonely:
to feel lonesome.
2.
attended with or causing such a state or feeling:
a lonesome evening at home.
3.
lonely or deserted in situation; remote, desolate, or isolated:
a lonesome road.
Idioms
4.
on / by one's lonesome, Informal. alone:
She went walking by her lonesome.
Also, Scot., by one's lane.
Origin of lonesome
1640-1650
First recorded in 1640-50; lone + -some1
Related forms
lonesomely, adverb
lonesomeness, noun
Synonym Study
1. See alone.
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Examples from the Web for lonesome
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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 Harold Frederic
  • Poor, honest Fido, how lonesome he was and how he moped about!

  • 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 Allen Chapman
British Dictionary definitions for lonesome

lonesome

/ˈləʊnsəm/
adjective
1.
(mainly US & Canadian) another word for lonely
noun
2.
(informal) on one's lonesome, (US) by one's lonesome, on one's own
Derived Forms
lonesomely, adverb
lonesomeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for lonesome
adj.

1640s, from lone + -some (1). Related: Lonesomeness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for lonesome

lonesome

Related Terms

all by one's lonesome

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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