Definition of lonely in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlōnlē/

adjective (lonelier, loneliest)

1Sad because one has no friends or company: lonely old people whose families do not care for them
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  • Living as she is was miserable and lonely with no friends or loved ones to care about her.
  • The new girl's supposed to be lonely and have no friends for at least a month and a half.
  • She could not understand how such a great elf with so many wonderful subjects and friends could be so lonely.
isolated, alone, lonesome, friendless, with no one to turn to, forsaken, abandoned, rejected, unloved, unwanted, outcast;
gloomy, sad, depressed, desolate, forlorn, cheerless, down, blue
1.1Without companions; solitary: passing long lonely hours looking onto the street
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  • Arms and legs are getting goosepimply and lonely sweaters now have companions.
  • If you want to compete at the Boston Marathon you have to be willing to put in the lonely hours of work.
  • Once more I find myself in an empty office, without a unicycle or even a CD to help pass the lonely hours.
solitary, unaccompanied, lone, by oneself/itself, companionless
1.2(Of a place) unfrequented and remote: a lonely stretch of country lane
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  • You can reach the mountain top and find it a desolate and lonely place.
  • He and his wife have shifted from the City to this lonely place just to look after the garden.
  • This is a lonely place with buildings shy of one another and spaced well apart, typical of Scottish Highland villages.
deserted, uninhabited, unfrequented, unpopulated, desolate, isolated, remote, out of the way, secluded, off the beaten track/path, in the back of beyond, godforsaken
informal in the middle of nowhere

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Syllabification: lone·ly

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