• WordNet 3.6
    • adj lonely 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"
    • adj lonely devoid of creatures "a lonely crossroads","a solitary retreat","a trail leading to an unfrequented lake"
    • adj lonely characterized by or preferring solitude "a lone wolf","a lonely existence","a man of a solitary disposition","a solitary walk"
    • adj lonely 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"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

He lost himself in a lonely valley He lost himself in a lonely valley
The Lonely Watcher of the Coast The Lonely Watcher of the Coast

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Lone Ranger's "real" name is John Reid.
    • Lonely Alone, or in want of company; forsaken. "To the misled and lonely traveler."
    • Lonely Having a feeling of depression or sadness resulting from the consciousness of being alone; lonesome. "I am very often alone. I don't mean I am lonely ."
    • Lonely Not frequented by human beings; as, a lonely wood.
    • Lonely Sequestered from company or neighbors; solitary; retired; as, a lonely situation; a lonely cell.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • lonely Unfrequented by men; solitary; desolate: as, a lonely situation.
    • lonely Lacking association or companionship; solitary; standing apart physically or mentally.
    • lonely Sad or dejected from want of companionship or sympathy; forsaken; forlorn.
    • lonely Synonyms Lone, unfrequented, secluded, dreary.
    • lonely Lonesome, companionless.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Lonely lōn′li alone: solitary: retired: standing by itself
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  • Joan Gilbertson
    Joan Gilbertson
    “Nobody told me how hard and lonely change is.”
  • Kahlil Gibran
    “Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.”
  • Arabella Smith
    Arabella Smith
    “Keep not your roses for my dead, cold brow the way is lonely, let me feel them now.”
  • Christopher Morley
    “No man is lonely while eating spaghetti; it requires so much attention.”
  • Abraham Ibn Esra
    Abraham Ibn Esra
    “There is none more lonely than the man who loves only himself.”
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
    “It is very lonely sometimes, trying to play God.”


Lone wolf - A lone wolf is a person who prefers to do things on their own or without help from other people.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Shortened fr. alonely,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

Sara was very lonely because she had no playmates.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
If you're tired or lonely, or too ambitious or angry, come here and sit awhile, master.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
The house looked extremely lonely, and no soul was to be seen.
"Roger Trewinion" by Joseph Hocking
He was unspeakably lonely.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
There was once a poor widow who lived in a lonely cottage.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
A trail to the Lone City.
"The Fire People" by Ray Cummings
The street was lonely in the sudden stillness.
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
He had imperiled himself many a time from that very motive, but he believed it right to do his best to deceive Lone Bear.
"Footprints in the Forest" by Edward Sylvester Ellis
On that lonely plantation what outlet did the child have for his playmania?
"Frank of Freedom Hill" by Samuel A. Derieux
They had taken him for a poor, friendless, lonely tramp, and there was just enough truth in his loneliness to make it sting.
"A Spoil of Office" by Hamlin Garland

In poetry:

From the Darkness and the Silence
Of the bosom of the night,
Steals a moaning and a sighing,
When you start your lonely flight.
"The Four Winds" by R S Ward
He bowed his head, he spake no more,
And ere I'd thanked him for his care,
He darted 'neath his arching door,
And left me lone, and lonely there.
"The Youthful Villager And The Hermit" by James Madison Bell
Those hearts of ours -- how lone! how lone!
Ever, forever, they mourn and moan;
Let them revel in joy, let them riot in cheer;
The revelry o'er, they're all the more drear.
"A Reverie" by Abram Joseph Ryan
Whether in his lonely course
(Lonely, not forlorn) he stay,
Or with Love's supporting force
Cheat the toil, and cheer the way:
Leave it all in His high hand,
Who doth hearts as streams command.
"St. Johns Day" by John Keble
Bid good-by to sweetheart, bid good-by to friend;
The Lone Trail, the Lone Trail follow to the end.
Tarry not, and fear not, chosen of the true;
Lover of the Lone Trail, the Lone Trail waits for you.
"The Lone Trail" by Robert W Service
Ye who know the Lone Trail fain would follow it,
Though it lead to glory or the darkness of the pit.
Ye who take the Lone Trail, bid your love good-by;
The Lone Trail, the Lone Trail follow till you die.
"The Lone Trail" by Robert W Service

In news:

Lone Star literature in the spotlight at National Book Awards.
Barth Syndrome Foundation's Slim (Chris Hackett of Lone Oak) displays his live turkey every Thanksgiving to raise awareness among physicians, scientists, and the general public about the disease.
Arrow TV show to feature Deadshot in episode "Lone Gunmen".
The long road to a world championship is often though of as a lonely one.
Editor's Note(Imagine a booming over dub voice): In a world where advertisements are often more entertaining than the films, one lonely and underpaid writer explores the art of the trailer.
It can be lonely being a Democrat in the Deep South .
It's lonely at the top: Sam Rockwell stars as the only astronaut manning a mining station on the moon.
An Afghan youth recounted on Monday the terrifying scene in his home as a lone US soldier moved stealthily through it during a killing spree, then crouched down and shot his father in the thigh as he stepped out of the bedroom.
The lone paved road is surrounded by dense brush and wetlands that give way to the Gulf of Mexico.
Emile Hirsch is in early talks to take the last lead in Peter Berg's "Lone Survivor.".
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Through the Years.
Jayson Littman is not especially lonely, or religious, or in need of cash - things that strangers might assume upon meeting him.
Both schools are currently members of the Lone Star Conference.
A lone wolf stalks the Fed, saying inflation is coming.
Every Saturday night of the Lone Pine Film Festival, the organizers choose a special film to show as their Hallmark movie.

In science:

Key words and phrases. lonely runner problem, Diophantine approximation, integer distance graphs.
Random runners are very lonely
Serra, The lonely runner with seven runners, Electron. J.
Random runners are very lonely
Tarsi, Flows, view obstructions, and the lonely runner, J.
Random runners are very lonely
Renault, View-obstruction: a shorter proof for 6 lonely runners.
Random runners are very lonely
Prune the ray tree at each ray after the first lone child.
Speed exponents of random walks on groups