lonely

adjective
lone·​ly | \ ˈlōn-lē How to pronounce lonely (audio) \
lonelier; loneliest

Definition of lonely

1a : being without company : lone too many lonely nights at home
b : cut off from others : solitary the train stopped frequently at lonely little stations— Robert Hichens
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

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Other Words from lonely

loneliness \ ˈlōn-​lē-​nəs How to pronounce lonely (audio) \ noun

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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

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
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Recent Examples on the Web The overarching mission for Circles is a noble cause: Making sure nobody feels lonely or emotionally challenged. Tim Lai, Forbes, 30 May 2021 The most prominent among them is a welcoming but corrupt and very lonely banker. Celia Storey, Arkansas Online, 24 May 2021 In a big and sometimes lonely city, coffee shops were our points of connection and our anchors. Julissa James, Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2021 The system will eventually lead to high-speed drones, powered by Skyborg, equipped with sensors, weapons, and other payloads to accomplish lonely—and dangerous—jobs that manned fighters used to carry out. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 13 May 2021 According to Psychology Today, this is the opposite of lonely. USA Today, 12 May 2021 But that left some new parents feeling extra lonely, anxious, and without support, SELF reported previously. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, 10 May 2021 All the while Monica–whose faith in God rivals Jacob’s faith in his own (sometime poor) choices–remains lonely in the unfamiliar town and unsuccessfully seeks comfort in the local evangelical church. Zoe Guy, Marie Claire, 25 Apr. 2021 But this week, after President Biden announced that troops would leave Afghanistan no later than Sept. 11, Mr. Graham took the podium in the Senate press gallery and hinted that spreading the party’s message had become a bit lonely. Lisa Lerer, New York Times, 15 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of lonely

circa 1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of lonely was circa 1598

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3 Jun 2021

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“Lonely.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lonely. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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lonely

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of lonely

: 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

adjective
lone·​ly | \ ˈlōn-lē How to pronounce lonely (audio) \
lonelier; loneliest

Kids Definition of lonely

1 : lone sense 1 I saw a lonely figure in the distance.
2 : not often visited a lonely spot
3 : sad from being alone : lonesome a lonely child
4 : producing sad feelings from being alone I spent a lonely evening at home.

Other Words from lonely

loneliness noun

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