Languages › Japanese The Meaning and Pronunciation of the Japanese Word "Sabishii" Share Flipboard Email Print Japanese Essential Japanese Vocabulary History & Culture Japanese Grammar By Namiko Abe Japanese Language Expert B.A., Kwansei Gakuin University Namiko Abe is a Japanese language teacher and translator, as well as a Japanese calligraphy expert. She has been a freelance writer for nearly 20 years. our editorial process Namiko Abe Updated April 18, 2018 The word sabishii means lonely, lonesome, desolate, or solitary. Pronunciation: Click here to listen to the audio file. Japanese characters: さびしい Example: Hanashi aite ga inakute, sabishikatta.話し相手がいなくて、さびしかった。 Translaiton: I felt lonely having no one to talk to.