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lonesome

[lohn-suh m] /ˈloʊn səm/
adjective
1.
depressed or sad because of the lack of friends, companionship, etc.; lonely:
to feel lonesome.
2.
attended with or causing such a state or feeling:
a lonesome evening at home.
3.
lonely or deserted in situation; remote, desolate, or isolated:
a lonesome road.
Idioms
4.
on / by one's lonesome, Informal. alone:
She went walking by her lonesome.
Also, Scot., by one's lane.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; lone + -some1
Related forms
lonesomely, adverb
lonesomeness, noun
Synonyms
1. See alone.
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British Dictionary definitions for by lonesome

lonesome

/ˈləʊnsəm/
adjective
1.
(mainly US & Canadian) another word for lonely
noun
2.
(informal) on one's lonesome, (US) by one's lonesome, on one's own
Derived Forms
lonesomely, adverb
lonesomeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for by lonesome

lonesome

adj.

1640s, from lone + -some (1). Related: Lonesomeness.

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Slang definitions & phrases for by lonesome

lonesome

Related Terms

all by one's lonesome


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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