[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. loneliness,
  2. lonely,
  3. lonely hearts,
  4. lonely-hearts,
  5. loner,
  6. lonesomely,
  7. long,
  8. long abductor muscle of thumb,
  9. long account,
  10. long ago


    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 formslone·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 Formslonesomely, adverblonesomeness, noun

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Word Origin and History for lonesome



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

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