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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 of lonesome
1640-1650
1640-50; lone + -some1
Related forms
lonesomely, adverb
lonesomeness, noun
Synonyms
1. See alone.
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  • These lovely meads and plains were, for the most part, all lonesome.

  • Poor, honest Fido, how lonesome he was and how he moped about!

  • A bare and lonesome spot, where there was only sand to be seen, and some black, burnt-looking rocks.

    Vanished Arizona Martha Summerhayes
  • But it must be a long, lonesome road, and the rain was coming on.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • I heard what you said when lonesome ate up the steak, and I thought maybe you hadn't been for a long time.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for 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 lonesome
adj.

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for 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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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