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 If one is the loneliest number, then how lonely is something less than one? Kali Simmons, Vulture, 13 Sep. 2021 Expanding our existing circles to acknowledge everyone who is hurting might just leave us all feeling much less lonely. Jessica Dulong, CNN, 10 Sep. 2021 About a quarter of people in their 60s and 70s report feeling lonely, and loneliness affects about half of all people in their 80s. Dallas News, 1 Sep. 2021 One typical study on the matter, from 2011, found that pet owners were less lonely than nonowners, had higher self-esteem, were less fearful, and were in better physical shape. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 5 Aug. 2021 But draft night this year could be a bit lonely for Boston. BostonGlobe.com, 28 July 2021 While her family celebrated birthdays and holidays, Robinson coped with how lonely the sport could be. J.l. Kirven, The Indianapolis Star, 27 June 2021 Sometimes, that trigger was a photo that her mom might text her on a day when Catherine happened to be feeling lonely. New York Times, 13 May 2021 More than a year ago, 60% of Americans reported feeling lonely, left out, poorly understood or lacking companionship. S. Mitra Kalita, Fortune, 17 Mar. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'lonely.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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“Lonely.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lonely. Accessed 27 Sep. 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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