Definition of lonesome in English:



North American
  • 1Solitary or lonely.

    ‘she felt lonesome and out of things’
    • ‘It's just regrettable that it seems to be a rather dangerous business being a lonesome, sensitive, guitar-strumming singer-songwriter.’
    • ‘That first time away from home I got lonesome and decided to run away with two friends.’
    • ‘It was sunset and leading from her back was a solitary shadow, looking more lonesome than ever.’
    • ‘In this way, it's like you're on the trip with me, an invisible friend that makes the journey less lonesome.’
    • ‘His friends are all on vacation, leaving him bored and lonesome.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We are lonesome here, and it is difficult for us to remember how much you love us.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Unless he truly was a stalker, he was just a lonesome new kid, desperate for friends.’
    • ‘The majority of tears that were shed on first day at school day in Kerry on Monday flowed from the eyes of lonesome mums rather than wide-eyed children who were eagerly looking forward to the great new adventure.’
    • ‘My life has always been fairly lonesome, but I don't think I've ever felt more alone than I do at the moment.’
    • ‘We put it down to nerves and the fact that she might be feeling lonesome about being away from her family and her boyfriend for a long time.’
    lonely, companionless, unaccompanied, by itself, by oneself, on its own, on one's own, friendless
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  • 2Remote and unfrequented.

    ‘a lonesome, unfriendly place’
    • ‘In the bright gleam of a fresh morning the town looked all the more isolated and lonesome.’
    • ‘A lonesome farm house on a hilltop sheds its tarred siding.’
    • ‘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.’
    isolated, out of the way, outlying, off the beaten track, secluded, in the depths of …, hard to find, lonely, in the back of beyond, in the hinterlands, off the map, in the middle of nowhere, godforsaken, obscure, inaccessible, cut-off, unreachable
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  • by (or britishon) one's lonesome

    • informal All alone.

      ‘I'll be by my lonesome all night’
      • ‘What am I gonna do in a van all on my lonesome, huh?’
      • ‘The last time I ventured into the city on my lonesome, I ran into my old friend and ex-colleague Mick.’
      • ‘I got in some extra training for Kilimanjaro last week and tackled the Bangor Trail all on my lonesome.’
      • ‘Cynthia had dwelled alone in her home, forlorn on her lonesome, with only Julian to keep her company.’
      • ‘Just imagine, I have succeeded in getting my first ever belt for kick-boxing all on my lonesome and I have to say I'm delighted.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We had to figure out what it was all on our lonesome.’
      • ‘That is less than the equivalent would cost you for eating the same on your lonesome in Paris or New York.’
      • ‘It's enough to repel a girl, all by its lonesome.’
      • ‘In fact, I have to confess that I came to miss the latter just a tad, living on my lonesome with only one other neighbor on the floor.’
      alone, all alone, on one's own, in a solitary state, separately, singly, solitarily, unaccompanied, solo
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