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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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Examples from the web for lonesome
  • It really helps me to feel less lonely, particularly in the lonesome evening when the day's activities have ended.
  • The ringed gas giant sits by its lonesome in the evening sky, shining brightly high above the southern horizon.
  • If you're going to walk a long, lonesome highway, be sure you've chosen it for yourself.
  • The collection runs hot to cold, ardent red to lonesome blue-it soothes and abrades.
  • The gulls have come inshore, and they cry always, lonesome and hungry.
  • Moreover, the new plan calls for two families from each language group, which should make life less lonesome at the outset.
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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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