lonely

[ lohn-lee ]
/ ˈloʊn li /

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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Origin of lonely

First recorded in 1600–10; lone + -ly

synonym study for lonely

1. See alone.

OTHER WORDS FROM lonely

lone·li·ly, adverblone·li·ness, lone·li·hood, nounun·lone·ly, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for lonely

lonely
/ (ˈləʊnlɪ) /

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

Derived forms of lonely

loneliness, noun
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