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)

Synonyms: Solitary, lone, lonesome, retired, unfrequented, sequestered, secluded.

Origin: Shortened fr. Alonely.

(01 Mar 1998)

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