Definition of lonesome in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈləʊns(ə)m/


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.
2Remote 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 (or British on) one's lonesome

informal All alone: I’ll be by my lonesome all night
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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.



Pronunciation: /ˈləʊns(ə)mli/
Example sentences
  • She pulled the door back and forth to make the smoke drift outside, and left it open before going into the kitchen where her dad was sitting at the table, lonesomely puffing away on his cigarette.
  • The trouble was that Juan wasn't with me when my mother found out, and I stood trial pretty lonesomely.
  • He bowed his head and one single tear escaped closed lids and rolled lonesomely down his cheek.


Pronunciation: /ˈləʊns(ə)mnəs/
Example sentences
  • 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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