Definition of lonely in English:


Line breaks: lone¦ly
Pronunciation: /ˈləʊnli

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, all alone, friendless, companionless, without friends/companions, with no one to turn to, outcast, forsaken, abandoned, rejected, unloved, unwanted; unpopular; sad, unhappy, forlorn, despondent; North American lonesome
  • 1.1Without companions; solitary: passing long lonely hours looking on to 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, alone, lone, by oneself/itself, without companions, companionless


late 16th century: from lone + -ly1.

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