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lonesome

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adjective lone·some \ˈlōn(t)-səm\

Simple Definition of lonesome

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of lonesome

  1. 1 a :  sad or dejected as a result of lack of companionship or separation from others <don't be lonesome while we are gone> b :  causing a feeling of loneliness <the empty house seemed so lonesome>

  2. 2 a :  remote, unfrequented <look down, look down that lonesome road — Gene Austin> b :  lone

lonesomely adverb
lonesomeness noun

Examples of lonesome in a sentence

  1. He was lonesome for his family.

  2. The empty house seemed so lonesome.



1647

First Known Use of lonesome

1647

Synonym Discussion of lonesome

alone, solitary, lonely, lonesome, lone, forlorn, desolate mean isolated from others. alone stresses the objective fact of being by oneself with slighter notion of emotional involvement than most of the remaining terms <everyone needs to be alone sometimes>. solitary may indicate isolation as a chosen course <glorying in the calm of her solitary life> but more often it suggests sadness and a sense of loss <left solitary by the death of his wife>. lonely adds to solitary a suggestion of longing for companionship <felt lonely and forsaken>. lonesome heightens the suggestion of sadness and poignancy <an only child often leads a lonesome life>. lone may replace lonely or lonesome but typically is as objective as alone <a lone robin pecking at the lawn>. forlorn stresses dejection, woe, and listlessness at separation from one held dear <a forlorn lost child>. desolate implies inconsolable grief at loss or bereavement <desolate after her brother's death>.

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lonesome

noun lone·some

Definition of lonesome

  1. :  self <sat all by his lonesome>



1899

First Known Use of lonesome

1899



LONESOME Defined for Kids

lonesome

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adjective lone·some \ˈlōn-səm\

Definition of lonesome for Students

  1. 1 :  sad from being without companions

  2. 2 :  not often visited or traveled over <the lonesome frontier>





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