Lonely Lone"ly, a. [Compar. {Lonelier}; superl. {Loneliest}.] [Shortened fr. alonely.] 1. Sequestered from company or neighbors; solitary; retired; as, a lonely situation; a lonely cell. [1913 Webster]

2. Alone, or in want of company; forsaken. [1913 Webster]

To the misled and lonely traveler. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. Not frequented by human beings; as, a lonely wood. [1913 Webster]

4. Having a feeling of depression or sadness resulting from the consciousness of being alone; lonesome. [1913 Webster]

I am very often alone. I don't mean I am lonely. --H. James.

Syn: Solitary; lone; lonesome; retired; unfrequented; sequestered; secluded. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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