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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ a lonesome desert highway
▪ a lonesome song
▪ He took the stairs one at a time, a certain lonesome feeling moving into his bones.
▪ In the quietness seagulls called far above her, invisible and lonesome.
▪ Oliver says he is a duffer, but keeps him on because he is so helpless and lonesome.
▪ Sethe looked at her daughter and thought, Yes, she has been lonesome.
▪ The holiday has to do with other worldliness, spectral phenomena, lonesome caped creatures rising across the moon.
▪ The house grew quiet and lonesome.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Lonesome \Lone"some\, a. [Compar. Lonesomer; superl. Lonesomest.]

  1. Secluded from society; not frequented by human beings; solitary.

    Like one that on a lonesome road Doth walk in fear and dread.

  2. Conscious of, and somewhat depressed by, solitude; as, to feel lonesome. [1913 Webster] -- Lone"some*ly, adv. -- Lone"some*ness, n.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1640s, from lone + -some (1). Related: Lonesomeness.


a. unhappy due to being alone; lonely n. (context informal English) oneself alone

  1. adj. 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" [syn: lone(a), lonesome(a), only(a), sole(a), solitary(a)]

  2. 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" [syn: lonely]

Lonesome (song)

"Lonesome" is a song by the San Diego-based rock band Unwritten Law, produced by Rick Parashar and released as the first single from the band's 1998 album Unwritten Law.


Lonesome is a 1928 Part-talkie film by Hungarian-born American director Paul Fejös. It was produced and distributed by Universal Pictures. In 2010, it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". The film was released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on August 28, 2012 as part of The Criterion Collection.

It was remade in 1935 as a comedy called The Affair of Susan.

Usage examples of "lonesome".

A horse down with the aftosa need a sight of heroin to ease his pain and maybe some of that heroin take off across the lonesome prairie and whinny in Washington Square.

There was precious little opportunity to be lonesome where Babbie was.

When I mounted the dickey I had imagined myself driving a peppery old colonel to some lonesome and cabless region, half a dozen miles from where he wanted to go, and there leaving him upon the kerbstone to swear.

And Sergeant Eyer reports that according to their findings, it was you who took out five NATech commandos in hand-to-hand all by your lonesome.

West Forty-seventh Street that he calls the Gingham Shop, and play a little klob with Charley, because business is quiet in the Gingham Shop at such an hour, and Charley gets very lonesome.

The air was tremulous with heavenly notes, the lights went out in the hall, dusk swept across the stage, a cricket sang and a katydid answered, and a wood pewee wrung the heart with its lonesome cry.

Big Baddeck, a black, sedgy, lonesome stream, to Middle River, which debouches out of a scraggy country into a bayou with ragged shores, about which the Indians have encampments, and in which are the skeleton stakes of fish-weirs.

From its lonesome perch, an unwatched TV set nicked frizzy pictures of a soap-opera character weeping for her boyfriend who had been dispatched to help keep peace in the Middle East.

I tell you, Marshal, it makes me feel plumb lonesome with that telegraph wahr cut.

Miss Pixley wuz very well off though they lived in a little mite of a dark, low, lonesome house, with some tall Pollard willows in front of the door in a row, and jest acrost the road from a grave-yard.

Mebby it wuz about the other world that they had sot out for through a lonesome way.

But anon, we reached the pretty little lonesome station, and there we wuz on top of Mount McGregor.

You prefer the solitude which feeds the serious mood which you love, and enables your imagination, unrepressed by the presence of shallow witlings, to evoke its agents from storm and shadow--from deep forest and lonesome lake--to minister to the cravings of an excited heart, and a soaring and ambitious fancy.

There was dry bunchgrass, prairie and a set of lonesome railroad tracks leading across it to disappear between two fingers of loose rock, the hillsides studded with dark green cedar and, here and there, a little scrub oak and low, spreading juniper.

These sentimental plants breathe something of the longing of the maiden who sits in the Sunday evenings of summer on the lonesome front doorstone, singing the hymns of the saints, and perennial as the myrtle that grows thereby.