adjective \ˈlōn-lē\

: sad from being apart from other people

: causing sad feelings that come from being apart from other people

: not visited by or traveled on by many people


Full Definition of LONELY

a :  being without company :  lone
b :  cut off from others :  solitary
:  not frequented by human beings :  desolate
:  sad from being alone :  lonesome
:  producing a feeling of bleakness or desolation
lone·li·ness \ˈlōn-lē-nəs\ noun

Examples of LONELY

  1. He was lonely without his wife and children.
  2. She was a lonely child with few friends.
  3. It was lonely living out in the country.
  4. She spent too many lonely nights at home.
  5. She had a lonely childhood.
  6. a lonely spot in the woods
  7. a lonely stretch of road

First Known Use of LONELY

circa 1598

Rhymes with LONELY


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