being without love; forsaken by one's lover.

Origin of lovelorn

First recorded in 1625–35; love + lorn Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for lovelorn

bereft, dejected, forsaken, jilted, loveless, lovesick, rejected, spurned

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miserable because of unrequited love or unhappiness in love
Derived Formslovelornness, noun
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Word Origin and History for lovelorn

also love-lorn, "pining for love," 1630s, from love (n.) + lorn. Perhaps coined by Milton.

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