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[lohn-suh m] /ˈloʊn səm/
depressed or sad because of the lack of friends, companionship, etc.; lonely:
to feel lonesome.
attended with or causing such a state or feeling:
a lonesome evening at home.
lonely or deserted in situation; remote, desolate, or isolated:
a lonesome road.
on / by one's lonesome, Informal. alone:
She went walking by her lonesome.
Also, Scot., by one's lane.
Origin of lonesome
1640-50; lone + -some1
Related forms
lonesomely, adverb
lonesomeness, noun
1. See alone. Unabridged
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  • But if you go, we shall expect a good bear skin apiece, to pay for the lonesomeness.

    Gulf and Glacier Willis Boyd Allen
  • And he liked East Wellmouth, bareness and bleakness and lonesomeness and all.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • That puzzled Mary Jane and she immediately forgot all about John and her lonesomeness.

    Mary Jane--Her Visit Clara Ingram Judson
  • And even for me the lonesomeness of it drives me 'most crazy sometimes.

    The Woman-Haters Joseph C. Lincoln
  • lonesomeness is one of the worst parts of the feeling of being lost.

    Bowser The Hound Thornton W. Burgess
  • And then, in the lonesomeness and misery, fear began to take hold of him.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • And there would be no more straining of the heart in lonesomeness such as Joan had borne, and no more discontent to be away.

  • The comfort of this thought would drive the lonesomeness away.

  • So hope came to lift him and assure him, just when he felt the somber cloud of the lonesomeness beginning to engulf his soul.

  • Say, in a month already I'm near gibbering with the lonesomeness.

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
British Dictionary definitions for lonesomeness


(mainly US & Canadian) another word for lonely
(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 lonesomeness



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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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