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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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There are feelings which seek to slay the lonesome one; if they do not succeed, then must they themselves die!
But when my darter -- she's a schoolma'am like you -- went out West to teach I felt real lonesome and wasn't nowise sot against the idea.
The skies they were ashen and sober; The leaves they were crisped and sere -- The leaves they were withering and sere; It was night in the lonesome October Of my most immemorial year: It was hard by the dim lake of Auber, In the misty mid region of Weir: -- It was down by the dank tarn of Auber, In the ghoul-haunted woodland of Weir.
I have never felt lonesome, or in the least oppressed by a sense of solitude, but once, and that was a few weeks after I came to the woods, when, for an hour, I doubted if the near neighborhood of man was not essential to a serene and healthy life.
Frances told her to come again, whenever she was lonesome or wanted advice about anything.
"I hoped I'd never have to sleep in this here geological garden another night and listen to all them lonesome noises that come out of that jumble after dark."
The shore road was "woodsy and wild and lonesome." On the right hand, scrub firs, their spirits quite unbroken by long years of tussle with the gulf winds, grew thickly.
It was a soft, reposeful summer landscape, as lovely as a dream, and as lonesome as Sunday.
Like one that on a lonesome road Doth walk in fear and dread, And having once turned round walks on, And turns no more his head; Because he knows, a frightful fiend Doth close behind him tread.
I don't remember it, because ever since I could remember anything we've lived right here in this lonesome, round house, with a little garden back of it and the thick woods all around.
I was received by a solemn man-servant out of livery, was informed that the family had retired for the night, and was then led into a large and lofty room where my supper was awaiting me, in a forlorn manner, at one extremity of a lonesome mahogany wilderness of dining-table.
The hour passed quickly away in lively talk, and when it was ended, the lonesome and neglected Wilson was richer by two friends than he had been when it began.