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
The butcher shop, which has been in a smallish building on Court Street since 1926, was in a forlorn spot not too long ago.
What Paul and Trump got for their trouble is an unloved, forlorn bill in the House that neither repeals the law nor replaces it.
Forlorn salarymen donned their usual dark suits and loitered in parks, too humiliated to tell their families they’d been laid off.
Lisa Mielnicki's Sonia captures the forlorn outlook of a child who has been on the periphery of attention all her life.
A tenderly forlorn Ewan McGregor plays the Mills stand-in, Oliver, who is dealing with his father's recent passing and haunted by childhood memories of his parents' strained relationship and his father's joyful life as a septuagenarian gay man.
Being a continuous outsider is just so forlorn and tiring.
A thunderous bass line and a skanking rhythm guitar fade in, subtly growing louder, when Carly Barrett's kick drum gives way to Bob's heart-wrenching vocals on this somewhat forlorn contemplation on life's injustices.
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.
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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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