- forklift truck,
- forlorn hope,
- form an opinion,
- form class
Origin of forlorn
Examples from the Web for forlornness
But Anne, lonely in her new quarters, had appreciated the forlornness of the old drake and had adopted him.Mistress Anne|Temple Bailey
He was a very sober and altered Pierre, and his drenched clothing added to the forlornness of his appearance.A Daughter of the Forest|Evelyn Raymond
The place had become bleak and tragic and Mr. Lovel felt the forlornness in his bones.The Path of the King|John Buchan
A feeling of change and forlornness weighed upon his spirit.
My grief and forlornness have made a strange alteration in my former feelings about his coming back.The Queen of Hearts|Wilkie Collins
Word Origin for forlorn
mid-12c., forloren "disgraced, depraved," past participle of obsolete forlesan "be deprived of, lose, abandon," from Old English forleosan "to lose, abandon, let go; destroy, ruin," from for- "completely" + leosan "to lose" (see lose). In the Mercian hymns, Latin perditionis is glossed by Old English forlorenisse.
Sense of "forsaken, abandoned" is 1530s; that of "wretched, miserable" first recorded 1580s. A common Germanic compound (cf. Old Saxon farilosan, Old Frisian urliasa, Middle Dutch verliesen, Dutch verliezen, Old High German virliosan, German verlieren, Gothic fraliusan "to lose").
Commonly in forlorn hope (1570s), which is a partial translation of Dutch verloren hoop, in which hoop means "troop, band," literally "heap," and the sense of the whole phrase is of a suicide mission. The phrase is usually used incorrectly in English, and the misuse has colored the sense of forlorn. Related: Forlornly; forlornness.