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.
- for·lorn·ly, adverb
- for·lorn·ness, noun
- un·for·lorn, adjective
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How to use forlorn in a sentence
Perseverance, the first multibillion-dollar NASA mission to Mars in nine years, quickly produced two low-resolution images of the landing site — a forlorn landscape pocked with small craters.NASA rover Perseverance lands on Mars in mission to search for past life | Joel Achenbach, Sarah Kaplan, Ben Guarino | February 18, 2021 | Washington Post
It’s a wrenching detail, though Fogel goes on to milk it a little too freely—a later shot of the chair, sitting forlorn and empty, probably should have been cut.The Dissident Brings a Human Touch to the Story of Murdered Journalist Jamal Khashoggi | Stephanie Zacharek | January 11, 2021 | Time
On busier roads, elderly, scarved women sat by piles of potatoes and onions hoping forlornly for a sale.As the Key Battle Looms, a Report from Ukraine's Front Lines | Jamie Dettmer | August 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The meeting wound down forlornly, with Obama attempting to enumerate issues that the two sides had in common.
But he was such a forlornly muddy mongrel pup, and so eloquent of tail, that I spoke his name on an impulse, and put out my hand.The Idyl of Twin Fires | Walter Prichard Eaton
"I'm afeared, then, I won't be able to claim that there money," he said forlornly.From Place to Place | Irvin S. Cobb
"She didna see me," said Hendry, sitting down forlornly on the table.A Window in Thrums | J. M. Barrie
Margaret knew it all; she read it in Boucher's face, forlornly desperate and livid with rage.North and South | Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
It yeas cold and chilly, and they forlornly set out in search of some sort of a conveyance.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete | Albert Bigelow Paine
British Dictionary definitions for forlorn
miserable, wretched, or cheerless; desolate
(postpositive foll by of) destitute; bereft: forlorn of hope
desperate: the last forlorn attempt
- forlornly, adverb
- forlornness, noun
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