[lohn-suh m]


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 formslone·some·ly, adverblone·some·ness, noun

Synonym study

1. See alone.
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Examples from the Web for lonesomeness

Historical Examples of lonesomeness

  • 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



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 lonesomeness



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

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