- desolate or dreary; unhappy or miserable, as in feeling, condition, or appearance.
- lonely and sad; forsaken.
- expressive of hopelessness; despairing: forlorn glances.
- bereft; destitute: forlorn of comfort.
Origin of forlorn
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Examples from the Web for forlornly
"Well—I don't know what Jerry will do," sighed Gyp forlornly.Highacres
"It is not me he would have now, but his way," she said forlornly.Nicanor - Teller of Tales
C. Bryson Taylor
"I'm afeared, then, I won't be able to claim that there money," he said forlornly.From Place to Place
Irvin S. Cobb
“I shall have stage-fright and spoil everything,” declared Roberta forlornly.Betty Wales Senior
"It was only because I didn't like myself," said dear Becky forlornly.Betty Leicester
Sarah Orne Jewett
- miserable, wretched, or cheerless; desolate
- deserted; forsaken
- (postpositive foll by of) destitute; bereftforlorn of hope
- desperatethe last forlorn attempt
Word Origin and History for forlornly
mid-12c., forloren "disgraced, depraved," past participle of obsolete forlesan "be deprived of, lose, abandon," from Old English forleosan "to lose, abandon, let go; destroy, ruin," from for- "completely" + leosan "to lose" (see lose). In the Mercian hymns, Latin perditionis is glossed by Old English forlorenisse.
Sense of "forsaken, abandoned" is 1530s; that of "wretched, miserable" first recorded 1580s. A common Germanic compound (cf. Old Saxon farilosan, Old Frisian urliasa, Middle Dutch verliesen, Dutch verliezen, Old High German virliosan, German verlieren, Gothic fraliusan "to lose").
Commonly in forlorn hope (1570s), which is a partial translation of Dutch verloren hoop, in which hoop means "troop, band," literally "heap," and the sense of the whole phrase is of a suicide mission. The phrase is usually used incorrectly in English, and the misuse has colored the sense of forlorn. Related: Forlornly; forlornness.