- forsaken, desolate, bereft, or forlorn.
- Archaic. lost, ruined, or undone.
Origin of lorn
1250–1300; Middle English; Old English loren, past participle of -lēosan to lose (recorded in compounds)
- Firth of, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean, on the W coast of Scotland, leading NE to the Caledonian Canal.
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Examples from the Web for lorn
But the corries of Lorn; black night on them, and the rain rot!John Splendid
I'm a lone, lorn grass-widow, dear, but I will not sleep in my stays.The Works of Rudyard Kipling: One Volume Edition
John at once noticed her lorn, abstracted looks, pitied her,—how much he pitied her!The Trumpet-Major
She learned it from a servant in Lorn, who sung to her when she was a girl.
The other was founder of the family of the MacDougalls of Lorn.Memoirs of the Life of Sir Walter Scott, Volume 4 (of 10)
John Gibson Lockhart.
- poetic forsaken or wretched
Old English loren, past participle of -lēosan to lose
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Word Origin and History for lorn
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