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[luhv-lawrn] /ˈlʌvˌlɔrn/
being without love; forsaken by one's lover.
Origin of lovelorn
First recorded in 1625-35; love + lorn Unabridged
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  • I mean, Ben, that if you aren't so obliging as to marry me, I'll pine away and die a lovelorn death.

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

    Unwritten Literature of Hawaii Nathaniel Bright Emerson
  • A concave mirror at the side presents to him lovelorn longlost lugubru Booloohoom.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • "I didn't know you were involved in an advice column for the lovelorn," he said.

    Out Like a Light Gordon Randall Garrett
  • But neither the "best three in five" nor the "best four in seven" gave any thing of hope or comfort to the lovelorn swain.

  • Now that he had got here, he found himself too lovelorn to bust with any relish.

    The Prodigal Father J. Storer Clouston
  • All who had approached her with the lovelorn tale, she sent quickly to the right-about.

    East Lynne Mrs. Henry Wood
  • They, however, fail to divert the lovelorn warrior, and are dismissed by him.

British Dictionary definitions for lovelorn


miserable because of unrequited love or unhappiness in love
Derived Forms
lovelornness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for lovelorn

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

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