forlorn

adjective
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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Sometimes Garmire opted for the more convenient resupply point, wandering the aisles of a forlorn service station rather than wasting valuable minutes to get to a real grocery store. Mary Beth Skylis, Outside Online, "How Jeff Garmire Set the Arizona Trail FKT," 15 June 2019 A few years later, when the NFL team ditched St. Louis for Greater Los Angeles, forlorn fans turned their lonely hearts to the Blues. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Padres can take heart from Blues in post-NFL St. Louis," 14 June 2019 The colors are gorgeous and vibrant, the mood forlorn yet faintly whimsical. Justin Chang, Twin Cities, "‘The Last Black Man in San Francisco’ is a gorgeous, moving ode to a city in flux," 13 June 2019 When that happens, the tobacco tax may very well be left behind, forlorn and forgotten, just like the kid in the movie. oregonlive.com, "Oregon tobacco tax: On track or a bridge too far?," 5 June 2019 Fabricius spends a forlorn afternoon traipsing around a vacant house. Danielle Naer, Vogue, "Camilla Stærk & Helena Christensen Host a Screening for Their Hazy, Dream-Like Short Films," 26 Apr. 2019 He is seen as a potential savior to forlorn franchises in New York, Atlanta, Phoenix, or whatever team is rotten enough to get that magic first slot. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Yikes, His Nikes! Zion Williamson’s Sneaker Disaster," 21 Feb. 2019 His usual seats in the back right corner of the Eccles Theater seem a bit forlorn without his swaggering entourage camped in them, and people (reporters, mostly) keep talking about his absence. Brooks Barnes, New York Times, "Sundance, Steeped in Weinstein Mystique, Enters a New Era," 21 Jan. 2018 America has also tended to take the most forlorn cases. The Economist, "LexingtonA lesson in American greatness," 1 Mar. 2018

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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

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of forlorn

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

forlorn

adjective
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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