American English

Definition of lonesome adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1unhappy because you are alone and do not want to be or because you have no friends I felt so lonesome after he left.
  2. 2(of a place) where not many people go; a long way from where people live a lonesome road Which Word?alone / lone / lonely Alone, and on your own/by yourself (which are less formal and are the normal phrases used in spoken English) describe a person or thing that is separate from others. They do not mean that the person is unhappy:I like being alone in the house. I’m going to London by myself next week. I want to finish this on my own (= without anyone’s help). Lone/solitary/single mean that there is only one person or thing there;lone and solitary may sometimes suggest that the speaker thinks the person involved is lonely:a lone jogger in the park long, solitary walks Lonely/lonesome mean that you are alone and sad:a lonely child Sam was very lonely when he first moved to New York. The dog let out a lonesome howl.It can also describe places or activities that make you feel lonely:a lonely house the lonesome prairie
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