[ lohn-suh m ]
/ ˈloʊn səm /


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.


    on/by one's lonesome, Informal. alone: She went walking by her lonesome.Also Scot., by one's lane.

Origin of lonesome

First recorded in 1640–50; lone + -some1

Related forms

lone·some·ly, adverblone·some·ness, noun

Synonym study

1. See alone.
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British Dictionary definitions for lonesome


/ (ˈləʊnsəm) /


mainly US and Canadian another word for lonely


on one's lonesome or US by one's lonesome informal on one's own

Derived Forms

lonesomely, adverblonesomeness, noun
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