lonely

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈləʊnli/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈloʊnli/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(lōnlē)

Inflections of 'lonely' (adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."):
lonelier
adj comparative
loneliest
adj superlative

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
lone•ly /ˈloʊnli/USA pronunciation   adj.,  -li•er, -li•est. 
  1. having or suffering from a depressing feeling caused by being alone;
    lonesome:felt lonely and without friends.
  2. causing such a feeling:a lonely room.
  3. lone;
    solitary:a lonely tower on the plain.
lone•li•ness, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
lone•ly  (lōnlē),USA pronunciation adj.,  -li•er, -li•est. 
  1. affected with, characterized by, or causing a depressing feeling of being alone;
    lonesome.
  2. destitute of sympathetic or friendly companionship, intercourse, support, etc.:a lonely exile.
  3. lone;
    solitary;
    without company;
    companionless.
  4. remote from places of human habitation;
    desolate;
    unfrequented;
    bleak:a lonely road.
  5. standing apart;
    isolated:a lonely tower.
loneli•ly, adv. 
loneli•ness, loneli•hood′, n. 
  • lone + -ly 1600–10
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged . See  alone. 
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged . uninhabited, unpopulated.
    • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged . secluded.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
lonely /ˈləʊnlɪ/ adj ( -lier, -liest)
  1. unhappy as a result of being without the companionship of others: a lonely man
  2. causing or resulting from the state of being alone: a lonely existence
  3. isolated, unfrequented, or desolate
  4. without companions; solitary

ˈloneliness n
'lonely' also found in these entries (note: many are not synonyms or translations):
Collocations: am (feeling) lonely today, is a (very) lonely [person, thought, place, idea], get lonely at [home, night], more...

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