adjective, lone·li·er, lone·li·est.
affected with, characterized by, or causing a depressing feeling of being alone; lonesome.
destitute of sympathetic or friendly companionship, intercourse, support, etc.: a lonely exile.
lone; solitary; without company; companionless.
remote from places of human habitation; desolate; unfrequented; bleak: a lonely road.
standing apart; isolated: a lonely tower.
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- lone hand,
- lone pair,
- lone star state,
- lone wolf,
- lonely hearts,
Origin of lonely
1. See alone.
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adjective -lier or -liest
unhappy as a result of being without the companionship of othersa lonely man
causing or resulting from the state of being alonea lonely existence
isolated, unfrequented, or desolate
without companions; solitary
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
c.1600, "solitary, lone," from lone + -ly (1). Meaning "dejected for want of company" is from 1811. Lonely heart (n.) "a lonely-hearted person" is from 1922. Lonely hearted (adj.) is attested from 1820.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper