- 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.
Origin of lonely
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1. See alone.
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Related Wordssolitary, desolate, isolated, deserted, reclusive, homeless, lonesome, destitute, empty, remote, quiet, abandoned, alone, apart, disconsolate, down, forsaken, godforsaken, left, lone
Examples from the Web for lonely
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They want Marvin to be as mean and as lonely and as trashy as the characters he portrays.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
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That is why Malloy is campaigning on a lonely stretch of barber shops and boxing gyms in New Haven a week before the election.Dan Malloy Is Progressives’ Dream Governor. So Why Isn’t He Winning?
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I found their melancholy inviting and I appreciated their contemplative, lonely world.The Stacks: Edward Hopper’s X-Ray Vision
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To be a woman suffering from a drinking problem in America is a lonely enterprise, defined by stigma and judgment.Elizabeth Peña and the Truth About Alcoholic Women
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It is their virtue in life to be lonely, and none but the lonely man in tragedy may be great.Riders to the Sea
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I am almost as lonely as I was on some of those evenings in the old boarding-house.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
I am a lonely man, my sweeting, and I must settle some day when the wars are over and done.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
You can be lonely in a crowd, and I guess—is there any one around here you like better than me?
If she had said she was lonely because the cherry bookcase was in Paris, he could not have been more bewildered.
- 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
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Word Origin and History for lonely
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