[ fawr-lawrn ]
/ fɔrˈlɔrn /
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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.
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Origin of forlorn
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2. See desolate.
OTHER WORDS FROM forlornfor·lorn·ly, adverbfor·lorn·ness, nounun·for·lorn, adjective
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How to use forlorn in a sentence
"I don't know more than half the population of New England," said Dan, with apparent levity, but real forlornness.April Hopes|William Dean Howells
She had clung to his arm with a tragic forlornness that seemed to leave her very wan and helpless.The Shadow|Arthur Stringer
My grief and forlornness have made a strange alteration in my former feelings about his coming back.The Queen of Hearts|Wilkie Collins
When they met he yielded to an impulse which the invalid's forlornness inspired, and went on to see him off.The Landlord at Lion's Head, Complete|William Dean Howells
At length Ellis came bustling along; and even she was a welcome sight to poor Morag in her forlornness.Morag|Janet Milne Rae
British Dictionary definitions for forlorn
/ (fəˈlɔːn) /
miserable, wretched, or cheerless; desolate
(postpositive foll by of) destitute; bereftforlorn of hope
desperatethe last forlorn attempt
Derived forms of forlornforlornly, 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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