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.
Idioms about lonesome
on / by one's lonesome, Informal. alone: She went walking by her lonesome.: Also Scot., by one's lane.
- lone·some·ly, adverb
- lone·some·ness, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023
How to use lonesome in a sentence
Now that the once-private, lonesome pursuit of long-distance running is an increasingly public exercise, there’s more incentive than ever to chronicle our successes and failures for an expectant readership.
Here again, the plane was at once a lonesome vessel, the people aboard facing their singular fate, and yet somehow already attached to the larger drama, connected again by cellphones.Sept. 11, 2001: An ordinary work day, then surreal scenes of dread and death | David Maraniss | September 10, 2021 | Washington Post
The out-and-back trail has parking lots on both ends and isn’t very strenuous—you can take the time to reflect and enjoy a lush hike by your lonesome.
In this lonesome environment, they’re expected to plan their post-graduation future.Applying to College Was Never Easy for Most Students. The Pandemic Made It Nearly Impossible | Katie Reilly | March 31, 2021 | Time
A quarter century later, Duvall has reteamed with lonesome Dove screenwriter William D. Witliff for A Night in Old Mexico.Robert Duvall on His Storied Career, His New Movie, and Why He’s Ditching the GOP | Marlow Stern | March 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Many view the Duvall-starring miniseries, lonesome Dove, as one of the greatest westerns ever.Robert Duvall on His Storied Career, His New Movie, and Why He’s Ditching the GOP | Marlow Stern | March 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It's a blog in search of lonesome, twangy music that sounds old even if it isn't.
Many of your books, from lonesome Dove to Horseman, Pass By, have been adapted for the screen.
It only affected what I chose to write afterwards in terms of the other three books in the lonesome Dove tetralogy.
But there was nothing in the trough to eat, as yet, and the box seemed quite lonesome, for Squinty was all alone.Squinty the Comical Pig | Richard Barnum
The little comical pig was rather lonesome after Slicko had left him, but he was no longer hungry, thanks to the acorns.Squinty the Comical Pig | Richard Barnum
The sequestered spot, a seat beneath a plane tree, with a lonesome arc-lamp shining full upon it, was occupied.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
I would not like to live in such a lonesome place, and old Rushmere, the only man on the premises of a night.The World Before Them | Susanna Moodie
But after a while everything seemed still, and Fleetfoot began to feel lonesome.The Later Cave-Men | Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
British Dictionary definitions for lonesome
mainly US and Canadian another word for lonely
on one's lonesome or US by one's lonesome informal on one's own
- 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