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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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Examples from the Web for lonesomeness

Historical Examples

  • Lonesomeness was the very thing he had tried to keep out of that letter.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • And he liked East Wellmouth, bareness and bleakness and lonesomeness and all.

    Galusha the Magnificent

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • And even for me the lonesomeness of it drives me 'most crazy sometimes.

    The Woman-Haters

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • And then, in the lonesomeness and misery, fear began to take hold of him.

    Keziah Coffin

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • The comfort of this thought would drive the lonesomeness away.


British Dictionary definitions for lonesomeness

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 lonesomeness

lonesome

adj.

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

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