[ lohn-suhm ]
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  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.

  1. lonely or deserted in situation; remote, desolate, or isolated: a lonesome road.

Idioms about lonesome

  1. 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

synonym study For lonesome

1. See alone.

Other words from lonesome

  • lone·some·ly, adverb
  • lone·some·ness, noun

Words Nearby lonesome

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How to use lonesome in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for lonesome


/ (ˈləʊnsəm) /

  1. mainly US and Canadian another word for lonely

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

Derived forms of lonesome

  • lonesomely, adverb
  • lonesomeness, noun

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