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lovelorn

[luhv-lawrn] /ˈlʌvˌlɔrn/
adjective
1.
being without love; forsaken by one's lover.
Origin of lovelorn
1625-1635
First recorded in 1625-35; love + lorn
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  • "None nearer than Strelsau, for instance," said poor Fritz, with a lovelorn sigh.

    The Prisoner of Zenda Anthony Hope
  • Ramirez, the honest, lovelorn swain, is forbidden the island.

  • What answer does the lovelorn swain receive from the nymph he adores?

    Unwritten Literature of Hawaii Nathaniel Bright Emerson
  • "I didn't know you were involved in an advice column for the lovelorn," he said.

    Out Like a Light Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Now that he had got here, he found himself too lovelorn to bust with any relish.

    The Prodigal Father J. Storer Clouston
  • They, however, fail to divert the lovelorn warrior, and are dismissed by him.

  • It also contains a startling incident, the suicide of a lovelorn actor.

    Egoists James Huneker
  • Never should you confide a secret to a weak and lovelorn boy.

    The Red Tavern

    Charles Raymond Macauley
British Dictionary definitions for lovelorn

lovelorn

/ˈlʌvˌlɔːn/
adjective
1.
miserable because of unrequited love or unhappiness in love
Derived Forms
lovelornness, noun
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Word Origin and History for lovelorn
adj.

also love-lorn, "pining for love," 1630s, from love (n.) + lorn. Perhaps coined by Milton.

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