lonesome 1640s, from LONE (Cf. lone) + -SOME (Cf. -some). Related: Lonesomeness.

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  • Lonesome — Lone some, a. [Compar. {Lonesomer}; superl. {Lonesomest}.] 1. Secluded from society; not frequented by human beings; solitary. [1913 Webster] Like one that on a lonesome road Doth walk in fear and dread. Coleridge. [1913 Webster] 2. Conscious of …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lonesome — ► ADJECTIVE chiefly N. Amer. ▪ lonely. ● by (or Brit. on) one s lonesome Cf. ↑on one s lonesome DERIVATIVES lonesomeness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • lonesome — [lōn′səm] adj. 1. having or causing a lonely feeling 2. unfrequented; desolate n. Informal self [all by my lonesome] SYN. ALONE lonesomely adv. lonesomeness n …   English World dictionary

  • lonesome — index derelict (abandoned), solitary Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • lonesome — lonely, lone, *alone, solitary, forlorn, lorn, desolate Analogous words: & Contrasted words: see those at LONELY …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • lonesome — [adj] forlorn, friendless alone, cheerless, companionless, deserted, desolate, dreary, gloomy, homesick, isolated, lone, lonely, solitary; concepts 403,555 Ant. befriended, loved, unlonesome …   New thesaurus

  • lonesome — lonesomely, adv. lonesomeness, n. /lohn seuhm/, adj. 1. depressed or sad because of the lack of friends, companionship, etc.; lonely: to feel lonesome. 2. attended with or causing such a state or feeling: a lonesome evening at home. 3. lonely or… …   Universalium

  • lonesome — adjective especially AmE 1 feeling very unhappy because you are alone or have no friends: Beth is lonesome without the children. 2 a lonesome place is one that is a long way from where people live and very few people go there: a lonesome spot… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • lonesome — I. adjective Date: 1647 1. a. sad or dejected as a result of lack of companionship or separation from others < don t be lonesome while we are gone > b. causing a feeling of loneliness < the empty house seemed so lonesome > 2. a. remote,… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • lonesome — lone|some [ˈləunsəm US ˈloun ] adj AmE 1.) very unhappy because you are alone or have no friends = ↑lonely ▪ Beth is lonesome without the children. 2.) a lonesome place is a long way from where people live and very few people go there = ↑lonely,… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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