by one's lonesome

lonesome

[lohn-suhm]
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:
1640–50; lone + -some1

lonesomely, adverb
lonesomeness, noun


1. See alone.
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lonesome (ˈləʊnsəm)
 
adj
1.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) another word for lonely
 
n
2.  informal on one's lonesome, by one's lonesome on one's own
 
'lonesomely
 
adv
 
'lonesomeness
 
n

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lonesome
1640s, from lone + -some.
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