(all) by one's lonesome

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of (all) by one's lonesome

informal
: without anyone else : entirely alone
  • He sat by his lonesome at the dinner table.
  • She made the cake all by her lonesome.

Word by Word Definitions

all play
  1. : the whole amount, quantity, or extent of

  2. : as much as possible

  3. : every member or individual component of

  1. : wholly, quite

  2. : selected as the best (as at a sport) within an area or organization

  3. : only, exclusively

  1. : the whole number, quantity, or amount : totality

  2. used in such phrases as for all I know, for all I care, and for all the good it does to indicate a lack of knowledge, interest, or effectiveness

  3. : everybody, everything

  1. : the whole of one's possessions, resources, or energy

  1. : other : different : atypical

  2. : isomeric form or variety of (a specified chemical compound)

  3. : being one of a group whose members together constitute a structural unit especially of a language

lonesome play
  1. : sad or dejected as a result of lack of companionship or separation from others

  2. : causing a feeling of loneliness

  3. : remote, unfrequented

  1. : self


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