adjective, lone·li·er, lone·li·est.
- lone hand,
- lone pair,
- lone star state,
- lone wolf,
- lonely hearts,
Origin of lonely
Examples from the Web for lonely
The 289-page satire follows Morris Feldstein, a pharmaceutical salesman who gets seduced by a lonely receptionist.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’|Asawin Suebsaeng|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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?|David Freedlander|October 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I found their melancholy inviting and I appreciated their contemplative, lonely world.
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|Gabrielle Glaser|October 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then a strange sound was heard in their lonely little lodge—the crying of a child.The Myths of the North American Indians|Lewis Spence
In the course of his lonely wanderings the Beaver reached this pond, and here he established himself to spend his last few weeks.Forest Neighbors|William Davenport Hulbert
But Anne, lonely in her new quarters, had appreciated the forlornness of the old drake and had adopted him.Mistress Anne|Temple Bailey
Yet that is how he managed to live through the lonely days he spent up there in the lookout station.The Lookout Man|B. M. Bower
Still it seemed a long way up in the air, in that waste and lonely wilderness of rocks.A Tramp Abroad, Complete|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
adjective -lier or -liest
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.