Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.


[lohn-suh m] /ˈloʊn səm/
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
First recorded in 1640-50; lone + -some1
Related forms
lonesomely, adverb
lonesomeness, noun
Synonym Study
1. See alone. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for lonesomeness
Historical Examples
  • lonesomeness was the very thing he had tried to keep out of that letter.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter Joseph C. Lincoln
  • And he liked East Wellmouth, bareness and bleakness and lonesomeness and all.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • And even for me the lonesomeness of it drives me 'most crazy sometimes.

    The Woman-Haters Joseph C. Lincoln
  • And then, in the lonesomeness and misery, fear began to take hold of him.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The comfort of this thought would drive the lonesomeness away.

  • Say, in a month already I'm near gibbering with the lonesomeness.

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
  • The plain fact of the matter was, he suffered torments of lonesomeness.

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
  • The poor things were the same as I, half dead from lonesomeness.

    Track's End

    Hayden Carruth
  • There is a tremendous impression of isolation and lonesomeness in our situation.

    In the Wilderness Charles Dudley Warner
  • And how much of the lonesomeness of life comes from the failure to do it!

    The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner Charles Dudley Warner
British Dictionary definitions for lonesomeness


(mainly US & Canadian) another word for lonely
(informal) on one's lonesome, (US) by one's lonesome, on one's own
Derived Forms
lonesomely, adverb
lonesomeness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for lonesomeness



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for lonesomeness


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.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for lonesomeness

Word Value for lonesomeness

Scrabble Words With Friends