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lone·ly

lonely

 
 
pronunciation:
lon li
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part of speech: adjective
inflections: lonelier, loneliest
definition 1: without company; alone.
There was a lonely hill on the horizon.She is content with her lonely life.
synonyms:
alone, lone, solitary
similar words:
secluded
definition 2: empty of humans; deserted; lonesome.
He walked for miles through lonely woods.
synonyms:
desolate, lonesome
antonyms:
populous
similar words:
deserted, forsaken
definition 3: unhappy because alone; lonesome.
I felt lonely for my family while I was away at camp.
 
synonyms:
lonesome
similar words:
desolate, forsaken
derivation: loneliness (n.)
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The word lonely contains the following part:
-ly2 Old English adjective-forming suffix that means like; every (when attached to times)
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The suffix -ly2attaches primarily to native English nouns to form adjectives.