Definition of lonesome adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈləʊnsəm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈloʊnsəm//
    (especially North American English) Unhappiness, Loneliness
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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. See related entries: Unhappiness, Loneliness
  2. 2(of a place) where not many people go; a long way from where people live a lonesome road Which Word?alone / lonely / lone 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 (North American English also lonesome) means that you are alone and sad:a lonely child Sam was very lonely when he first moved to New York. It can also describe places or activities that make you feel lonely:a lonely house
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: lonesome