Definition of forlorn
forlornnessplay \fər-ˈlȯrn-nəs, fȯr-\ noun
Examples of forlorn in a Sentence
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
There is nothing quite so forlorn as a closed factory—Vic Wilcox knows, having supervised a shutdown himself in his time. —David Lodge, Nice Work, 1990
Like Ozymandias, once king of kings but now two legs of a broken statue in Percy Shelley's desert, the great facade of Union Station in Washington, D.C., stands forlorn … —Stephen Jay Gould, Natural History, November 1986
she was forlorn when she found out the trip had been cancelled
a forlorn wanderer far from home
Recent Examples of forlorn from the Web
In the back roads of County Donegal, Ireland, an American linguist finds a forlorn child with a stutter, and his mother — once a famous actress who vanished at the height of her career.
The Italian looked forlorn at the final whistle at Wembley Stadium, walking out onto the pitch with his hands in his pockets and looking down at the grass.
Or how about Trek Passions, a meeting place for perennially forlorn Star Trek enthusiasts?
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Origin and Etymology 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
Synonym Discussion of forlorn
FORLORN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of forlorn for English Language Learners
: sad and lonely
: empty and in poor condition
: not having much chance of success : nearly hopeless
FORLORN Defined for Kids
Definition of forlorn for Students
: sad from being left alone
forlornlyadverb The dog howled forlornly.
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