for·​lorn | \ fər-ˈlȯrn How to pronounce forlorn (audio) , fȯr- \

Definition of forlorn

1a : bereft, forsaken left quite forlorn of hope
b : sad and lonely because of isolation or desertion : desolate a forlorn landscape
2 : being in poor condition : miserable, wretched forlorn tumbledown buildings
3 : nearly hopeless a forlorn attempt

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Other Words from forlorn

forlornly adverb
forlornness \ fər-​ˈlȯrn-​nəs How to pronounce forlornness (audio) , fȯr-​ \ noun

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alone, solitary, lonely, lonesome, lone, forlorn, desolate mean isolated from others. alone stresses the objective fact of being by oneself with slighter notion of emotional involvement than most of the remaining terms. everyone needs to be alone sometimes solitary may indicate isolation as a chosen course glorying in the calm of her solitary life but more often it suggests sadness and a sense of loss. left solitary by the death of his wife lonely adds to solitary a suggestion of longing for companionship. felt lonely and forsaken lonesome heightens the suggestion of sadness and poignancy. an only child often leads a lonesome life lone may replace lonely or lonesome but typically is as objective as alone. a lone robin pecking at the lawn forlorn stresses dejection, woe, and listlessness at separation from one held dear. a forlorn lost child desolate implies inconsolable grief at loss or bereavement. desolate after her brother's death

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
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Recent Examples on the Web New owner, new attitude Long-suffering fans of the Arizona Coyotes are looking a lot less forlorn these days. John D'anna, azcentral, "A lot of good things happened in 2019. Here's 19 of them. Consider it our gift to you," 25 Dec. 2019 Stacks of chairs, absent of tourists and gossiping locals made for a forlorn scene. NBC News, "'It's silent outside': Italy, France and Spain adapt to life under coronavirus lockdown," 16 Mar. 2020 Nevertheless, his wayward form is just one of numerous issues currently plaguing Pochettino, who has cut a forlorn figure on the touchline for the majority of the campaign., "Hugo Lloris Stretchered Off With Horror Arm Injury While Conceding Shambolic Brighton Opener," 5 Oct. 2019 The song, which fronts the six-track EP that was also released today, arrived through a music video that is both forlorn and hopeful in its representation of the ups and downs of relationships between the six members of GFriend as choices are made. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "GFriend Appear at a 'Crossroads' in New Video: Watch," 3 Feb. 2020 Obata and his family were soon moved to the Topaz War Relocation Center on a forlorn dusty piece of land in central Utah. Alicia Ault, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Japanese Artist Chiura Obata Came to Be an American Great," 29 Jan. 2020 By the time the game was over, the Bulls looked as forlorn and despondent as the Black Friday shopper at Wal-Mart who came away empty handed in a futile attempt to land the final pair of $129 Apple AirPods with the charging case included. Mike Bianchi,, "USF would love to have UCF’s ‘disappointing’ season | Commentary," 28 Nov. 2019 The sunbaked towns; the sparkling, forlorn sea; the wildness and humanity of the island. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The 87 Greatest Travel Books of All Time, According to Authors," 8 Jan. 2020 The sequel makes up for that by giving him something straight out of the Jim Steinman songbook: a forlorn mountaineer ditty that is presented with every music-video cliché in the book. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Frozen II Is an Enchanted Quest for Sequel Money," 14 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of forlorn

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for forlorn

Middle English forloren, from Old English, past participle of forlēosan to lose, from for- + lēosan to lose — more at lose

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“Forlorn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of forlorn

: sad and lonely
: empty and in poor condition
: not having much chance of success : nearly hopeless


for·​lorn | \ fər-ˈlȯrn How to pronounce forlorn (audio) \

Kids Definition of forlorn

: sad from being left alone

Other Words from forlorn

forlornly adverb The dog howled forlornly.

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