adjective \fər-ˈlrn, fr-\

: sad and lonely

: empty and in poor condition

: not having much chance of success : nearly hopeless

Full Definition of FORLORN

a :  bereft, forsaken <left quite forlorn of hope>
b :  sad and lonely because of isolation or desertion :  desolate <a forlorn landscape>
:  being in poor condition :  miserable, wretched <forlorn tumbledown buildings>
:  nearly hopeless <a forlorn attempt>
for·lorn·ly adverb
for·lorn·ness \-ˈlrn-nəs\ noun

Examples of FORLORN

  1. <she was forlorn when she found out the trip had been cancelled>
  2. <a forlorn wanderer far from home>
  3. Against the forlorn backdrop of the muddy terrain the media circus has left behind, the young mother is photographed for a fashion spread wearing a … white dress. —James Wolcott, Vanity Fair, September 1998

Origin of FORLORN

Middle English forloren, from Old English, past participle of forlēosan to lose, from for- + lēosan to lose — more at lose
First Known Use: before 12th century

Related to FORLORN

bad, blue, brokenhearted, cast down, crestfallen, dejected, depressed, despondent, disconsolate, doleful, down, downcast, downhearted, down in the mouth, droopy, sad, gloomy, glum, hangdog, heartbroken, heartsick, heartsore, heavyhearted, inconsolable, joyless, low, low-spirited, melancholic, melancholy, miserable, mournful, saddened, sorrowful, sorry, unhappy, woebegone, woeful, wretched
blissful, buoyant, buoyed, cheerful, cheery, chipper, delighted, glad, gladdened, gladsome, gleeful, happy, joyful, joyous, jubilant, sunny, upbeat
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