[ lawrn ]
/ lɔrn /


forsaken, desolate, bereft, or forlorn.
Archaic. lost, ruined, or undone.

Nearby words

  1. lorimer,
  2. lorin,
  3. loriner,
  4. loring,
  5. loris,
  6. lorna,
  7. lorne,
  8. lorrain,
  9. lorrain, claude,
  10. lorraine

Origin of lorn

1250–1300; Middle English; Old English loren, past participle of -lēosan to lose (recorded in compounds)

Related formslorn·ness, noun


or Lorn

[ lawrn ]
/ lɔrn /


Firth of, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean, on the W coast of Scotland, leading NE to the Caledonian Canal.
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British Dictionary definitions for lorn


/ (lɔːn) /


poetic forsaken or wretched
Derived Formslornness, noun

Word Origin for lorn

Old English loren, past participle of -lēosan to lose

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Word Origin and History for lorn



(archaic) c.1300, "lost, ruined," from Old English loren, past participle of leosan "to lose" (see lose). Meaning "abandoned, left alone" is from late 15c. Cf. forlorn.

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