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a. Dejected because of a lack of companionship. See Synonyms at alone.
b. Producing such dejection: a lonesome hour at the bar.
2. Deserted; unfrequented: a lonesome valley.
3. Solitary; lone: a lonesome pine.
n. Informal
Self: He ate the meal all by his lonesome.

lone′some·ly adv.
lone′some·ness n.


chiefly US and Canadian another word for lonely
on one's lonesome US by one's lonesome informal on one's own
ˈlonesomely adv
ˈlonesomeness n


(ˈloʊn səm)

1. depressed or sad because of the lack of friends or companionship; lonely.
2. attended with or causing such a feeling: a lonesome evening at home.
3. lonely in situation; remote, desolate, or isolated.
4. on or by one's lonesome,Informal. alone.
lone′some•ly, adv.
lone′some•ness, n.
lonely, lonesome, forlorn, desolate - Lonely adds to solitary a suggestion of longing for companionship, while lonesome heightens the suggestion of sadness; forlorn and desolate are even more isolated and sad.
See also related terms for suggestion.


1. 'lonely'

In British English, someone who is lonely is unhappy because they are alone.

Since he left India he had been lonely and homesick.
2. 'lonesome'

American speakers sometimes say lonesome, not 'lonely'.

I bet you told her how lonesome you were.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.lonesome - being the only one; single and isolated from others; "the lone doctor in the entire county"; "a lonesome pine"; "an only child"; "the sole heir"; "the sole example"; "a solitary instance of cowardice"; "a solitary speck in the sky"
single - existing alone or consisting of one entity or part or aspect or individual; "upon the hill stood a single tower"; "had but a single thought which was to escape"; "a single survivor"; "a single serving"; "a single lens"; "a single thickness"
2.lonesome - marked by dejection from being alone; "felt sad and lonely"; "the loneliest night of the week"; "lonesome when her husband is away"; "spent a lonesome hour in the bar"
dejected - affected or marked by low spirits; "is dejected but trying to look cheerful"


adjective (Chiefly U.S. & Canad.) lonely, deserted, isolated, lone, gloomy, dreary, desolate, forlorn, friendless, cheerless, companionless I've grown so lonesome, thinking of you.


1. Dejected due to the awareness of being alone:
2. Lacking the company of others:
4. Far from centers of human population:
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[ˈləʊnsəm] (esp US) ADJ [person] → solo; [place] (= isolated) → aislado, solitario
to be/feel lonesomesentirse solo


[ˈləʊnsəm] adj
to feel lonesome → se sentir seul(e)


adj (esp US) → einsam


[ˈləʊnsəm] adj (esp Am) → solo/a


(ləun) adjective
solitary, without companions, by itself etc. a lone figure on the beach.
ˈlonely adjective
1. lacking or wanting companionship. Aren't you lonely, living by yourself?
2. (of a place) far away from busy places, having few people. a lonely island.
ˈloneliness noun
ˈlonesome adjective
(especially American) lonely; solitary. She feels lonesome when her brothers are at school.
ˈlonesomeness noun


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Frances told her to come again, whenever she was lonesome or wanted advice about anything.
P'raps you wouldn't feel so lonesome if you was nearer town--for instance, 'bout wher' you useter live.
I quite long to be among them, sometimes, of the winter evenings; for it is but dull business for a lonesome elderly man, like me, to be nodding, by the hour together, with no company but his air-tight stove.
In this little lonesome dwelling, with some slender means that she possessed, and by the licence of the magistrates, who still kept an inquisitorial watch over her, Hester established herself, with her infant child.
She would naturally go a lonesome way," said Haley, thinking aloud, and not minding Sam's remark.
It was a soft, reposeful summer landscape, as lovely as a dream, and as lonesome as Sunday.
Here and there, lonesome prisoners had eased the heavy time by altering the records left by predecessors.
I could have been a barkeeper and a hard lot just as well as not," says I, remembering the lonesome way I arrived, and how there wasn't any committee nor anything.
A farm smokehouse had to be kept heavily padlocked, or even the colored deacon himself could not resist a ham when Providence showed him in a dream, or otherwise, where such a thing hung lonesome, and longed for someone to love.
Then he found it lonesome, and went to find his comrades.
But anyway, he gets out by himself and mopes and thinks; and mostly he hunts for a lonesome place high up on the hill in the edge of the woods, and sets there and looks away off on the big Mississippi down there a-reaching miles and miles around the points where the timber looks smoky and dim it's so far off and still, and everything's so solemn it seems like everybody you've loved is dead and gone, and you 'most wish you was dead and gone too, and done with it all.
I made a fire, hot as it was, thinkin' I wanted somethin' warm for my supper, bein' kind o' lonesome without mother.