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[lawrn] /lɔrn/
forsaken, desolate, bereft, or forlorn.
Archaic. lost, ruined, or undone.
Origin of lorn
1250-1300; Middle English; Old English loren, past participle of -lēosan to lose (recorded in compounds)
Related forms
lornness, noun


or Lorn

[lawrn] /lɔrn/
Firth of, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean, on the W coast of Scotland, leading NE to the Caledonian Canal. Unabridged
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  • This interesting historic memorial is still preserved by the lineal descendant of the Macdougals of lorn.

  • I'm a lone, lorn grass-widow, dear, but I will not sleep in my stays.

  • This results in the galley of lorn being in chief, and the Campbell gyrons in base.

    A Complete Guide to Heraldry Arthur Charles Fox-Davies
  • John at once noticed her lorn, abstracted looks, pitied her,—how much he pitied her!

    The Trumpet-Major Thomas Hardy
  • "I know it has been hard, dear," said Cousin Martha gently looking her sympathy at my lorn state, over her glasses.

    The Tinder-Box Maria Thompson Daviess
  • John of lorn then sent forward five of his stoutest men to take Bruce.

    King Robert the Bruce A. F. Murison
  • I know how 'tis; I know you think that I am lone and lorn; but, deary love, 'tan't so no more!

    David Copperfield Charles Dickens
  • Sometimes in the spring of the year the winds from lorn have it their own way with the Highlands.

    The Lost Pibroch Neil Munro
  • So I just skipped, came back here, and forgathered with a lone, lorn Englishman on his first trans-Channel trip.

    The Recipe for Diamonds Charles John Cutcliffe Wright Hyne
  • How could I expect to be wanted, being so lone and lorn, and so contrary!'

    David Copperfield Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for lorn


(poetic) forsaken or wretched
Derived Forms
lornness, noun
Word Origin
Old English loren, past participle of -lēosan to lose
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Word Origin and History for lorn

(archaic) c.1300, "lost, ruined," from Old English loren, past participle of leosan "to lose" (see lose). Meaning "abandoned, left alone" is from late 15c. Cf. forlorn.

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