forlorn

[ fawr-lawrn ]
/ fɔrˈlɔrn /

adjective

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

before 1150; Middle English foreloren (past participle of forlesen to lose completely), Old English forloren (past participle of forlēosan); cognate with Old High German firliosan (German verlieren), Gothic fraliusan. See for-, lorn

Related forms

for·lorn·ly, adverbfor·lorn·ness, nounun·for·lorn, adjective

Synonym study

2. See desolate.
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forlorn

/ (fəˈlɔːn) /

adjective

miserable, wretched, or cheerless; desolate
deserted; forsaken
(postpositive foll by of) destitute; bereftforlorn of hope
desperatethe last forlorn attempt

Derived Forms

forlornly, adverbforlornness, noun

Word Origin for forlorn

Old English forloren lost, from forlēosan to lose; related to Old Saxon farliosan, Gothic fraliusan, Greek luein to release
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