Definition of lonely
2 : not frequented by human beings : desolate a lonely spot in the woods
3 : sad from being alone : lonesome He was feeling lonely without his wife and children.
4 : producing a feeling of bleakness or desolation it's a lonely thing to be a champion — G. B. Shaw
lonelinessplay \ˈlōn-lē-nəs\ noun
Examples of lonely in a Sentence
He was lonely without his wife and children.
She was a lonely child with few friends.
It was lonely living out in the country.
She spent too many lonely nights at home.
She had a lonely childhood.
a lonely spot in the woods
a lonely stretch of road
Recent Examples of lonely from the Web
There’s a lot of work showing that when people are lonely and experiencing any physical stressor—whether it’s pain or illness—
Outside the Third Man Records storefront on Detroit's long, lonely Cass Corridor, a line of tents, sleeping bags, and lawn chairs stretches fifty yards.
Lonely single: The only Orioles hit through the first five innings was a single that Adam Jones poked through the right side of the infield.
Increasingly, Orlando’s airport had been a lonely holdout, allowing only a premium version of ride-share service, which has fares more on par with traditional taxis.
But what at first seems a whimsical story about the way lonely city people find each other soon becomes a modern fable about the anxieties of parenthood.
The show centers on a profoundly lonely 17-year-old who fabricates a prior friendship with a classmate who has just committed suicide.
Lonely Planet created a travel guide for the beer connoisseur, complete with 32 countries across five continents and suggestions for the must-try libation.
The small porpoise that swims off the coast of Baja California may be the loneliest creature in the sea.
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LONELY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of lonely for English Language Learners
: 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
LONELY Defined for Kids
Definition of lonely for Students
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