Lone·ly, a. [Compar. Lonelier superl. Loneliest.]
1. Sequestered from company or neighbors; solitary; retired; as, a lonely situation; a lonely cell.
2. Alone, or in want of company; forsaken.
To the misled and lonely traveler. --Milton.
3. Not frequented by human beings; as, a lonely wood.
4. 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. --H. James.
Syn: -- Solitary; lone; lonesome; retired; unfrequented; sequestered; secluded.
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:
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),
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]