Definition of lonesome in English:


Syllabification: lone·some
Pronunciation: /ˈlōnsəm


chiefly North American
  • 1Solitary or lonely: she felt lonesome and out of things
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    • When the old woman's health weakened, Gina had offered to spend her solitary days with another lonesome soul, since she really had nothing better to do anyway.
    • The Russian travels for about six months a year and this solitary pursuit would leave anyone lonesome, explaining the accompaniment of his wife on his travels across the world.
    • It was sunset and leading from her back was a solitary shadow, looking more lonesome than ever.
  • 1.1Remote and unfrequented: a lonesome, unfriendly place
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    • In the bright gleam of a fresh morning the town looked all the more isolated and lonesome.
    • Beginning near Dawson City, this lonesome strip of loose gravel stretches 461 miles northeast, ending just shy of the Arctic Ocean in Inuvik, Northwest Territories.
    • A lonesome farm house on a hilltop sheds its tarred siding.


by one's lonesome

informal All alone.
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  • That is less than the equivalent would cost you for eating the same on your lonesome in Paris or New York.
  • What am I gonna do in a van all on my lonesome, huh?
  • I've lived on my lonesome for abut 5 months now and have realised that there are a number of things which need to be discussed.



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  • The man who sings with the kind of lonesomeness associated with Hank Williams has cultivated a major following in the western region over the past decade.
  • Higgins' major themes are travel and lonesomeness.
  • Believe it or not she began to get used to the lonesomeness.

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