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lonesome

[lohn-suh m]
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adjective
  1. depressed or sad because of the lack of friends, companionship, etc.; lonely: to feel lonesome.
  2. attended with or causing such a state or feeling: a lonesome evening at home.
  3. lonely or deserted in situation; remote, desolate, or isolated: a lonesome road.
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Idioms
  1. on/by one's lonesome, Informal. alone: She went walking by her lonesome.Also Scot., by one's lane.
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Origin of lonesome

First recorded in 1640–50; lone + -some1
Related formslone·some·ly, adverblone·some·ness, noun

Synonym study

1. See alone.
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Related Words

desolatedesertedlonelyisolatedhomesickalonecheerlessdrearygloomylonesolitary

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  • "Oh, it makes me so lonesome when you sing that way," wailed the Little Colonel.

    The Little Colonel

    Annie Fellows Johnston

  • But it must be a long, lonesome road, and the rain was coming on.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • Poor, honest Fido, how lonesome he was and how he moped about!

  • If you're careful you're safe here for the day, although you may be lonesome.

    The Rock of Chickamauga

    Joseph A. Altsheler

  • "It's lonesome enough for any sort of a hermit," said Fenn, as he paused and looked about him.


British Dictionary definitions for lonesome

lonesome

adjective
  1. mainly US and Canadian another word for lonely
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noun
  1. on one's lonesome or US by one's lonesome informal on one's own
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Derived Formslonesomely, adverblonesomeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for lonesome

adj.

1640s, from lone + -some (1). Related: Lonesomeness.

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