adjective lone·some \ ˈlōn(t)-səm \

Definition of lonesome

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 a :remote, unfrequented
  • look down, look down that lonesome road
  • —Gene Austin
b :lone





Examples of lonesome in a Sentence

  1. He was lonesome for his family.

  2. The empty house seemed so lonesome.

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First Known Use of lonesome


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




Definition of lonesome

  • sat all by his lonesome

First Known Use of lonesome


LONESOME Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of lonesome 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

LONESOME Defined for Kids


adjective lone·some \ ˈlōn-səm \

Definition of lonesome for Students

1 :sad from being without companions
2 :not often visited or traveled over
  • the lonesome frontier

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