It yeas cold and chilly, and they forlornly set out in search of some sort of a conveyance.
But by the time we came across them the commandos were forlornly dispersing.
Then he had strolled off forlornly and in silence toward the garage.
"Well—I don't know what Jerry will do," sighed Gyp forlornly.
She caught her breath with half a sob, forlornly and as a child might.
"It is not me he would have now, but his way," she said forlornly.
Yet how did my heart sink when I reflected upon the mighty breast of sea in which I was forlornly to seek for succour!
"I'm afeared, then, I won't be able to claim that there money," he said forlornly.
"It was only because I didn't like myself," said dear Becky forlornly.
He turned to Jeremy who, poor boy, was utterly and forlornly seasick.
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.