American English

Definition of lonely adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (lonelier, loneliest)
    jump to other results
  1. 1unhappy because you have no friends or people to talk to She lives alone and often feels lonely. As I didn't speak the language I grew lonelier and lonelier.
  2. 2(of a situation or period of time) sad and spent alone all those lonely nights at home watching TV
  3. 3[only before noun] (of places) where only a few people ever come or visit synonym isolated a lonely beach 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
noun [uncountable] a period of loneliness in his life
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: lonely

Other results

All matches