AskDefine | Define lonely

Dictionary Definition

lonely adj
1 lacking companions or companionship; "he was alone when we met him"; "she is alone much of the time"; "the lone skier on the mountain"; "a lonely fisherman stood on a tuft of gravel"; "a lonely soul"; "a solitary traveler" [syn: alone(p), lone(a), lonely(a), solitary]
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: lonesome]
3 separated from or unfrequented by others; remote or secluded; "a lonely crossroads"; "a solitary retreat"; "a trail leading to an unfrequented lake" [syn: lonely(a), solitary, unfrequented]
4 enjoyed or performed alone; "a lonely existence"; "his lonely room"; "took a solitary walk"; "enjoyed her solitary dinner"; "solitary pursuits such as reading" [syn: lonely(a), solitary] [also: loneliest, lonelier]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • a RP /ˈləʊnli/, /"l@Unli/
  • a US /ˈloʊnli/, /"loUnli/


  1. Of person, unhappy by feelings of loneliness.
  2. Of place, unfrequented by people; desolate.
  3. Of person, without companions; solitary.

Related terms


dejected by feelings
of place: desolate

Extensive Definition

  • Loneliness, the state of "feeling lonely", describes a human state or feeling involving isolation, or the feeling of disconnection with others, etc.
"Lonely" is also the name of five songs:

See also

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Privacy Policy, About Us, Terms and Conditions, Contact Us
Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2
Material from Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Dict
Valid HTML 4.01 Strict, Valid CSS Level 2.1