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

Choose the Right Synonym for forlorn

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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But then, noticing a forlorn, upside down, cherished BooBoo Bear on my new first-grader’s bed. Pat Lenhoff, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Make time to relax during the waning days of summer before a new school year roars back to life," 24 July 2019 The marketplace is starting to look forlorn, with empty stall spaces and quiet afternoons. Los Angeles Times, "Searching for enlightenment at beloved Baroo’s East Hollywood reincarnation," 20 July 2019 But the main competition was the Mets and they, even for the forlorn Cubs, were hard to take seriously. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "My summer of '69: From the moonwalk to the marathon walk," 19 July 2019 Chesto Means Business The stretch of East Boston along Chelsea Creek is hidden, weed-choked, forlorn. Jon Chesto, BostonGlobe.com, "Hidden stretch of East Boston waterfront draws developer’s interest," 15 July 2019 The fans rally around their forlorn hero, the narrative of worthwhile revenge is plotted, and redemption is found. SI.com, "Anatomy of a Headbutt: OTD in 2006 Zinedine Zidane Was Sent Off in the World Cup Final," 9 July 2019 The colors are gorgeous and vibrant, the mood forlorn yet faintly whimsical. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘Last Black Man in San Francisco’ a gorgeous, moving ode to a city in flux," 20 June 2019 The colors are gorgeous and vibrant, the mood forlorn yet faintly whimsical. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Review: ‘The Last Black Man in San Francisco’ is a gorgeous, moving ode to a city in flux," 4 June 2019 This coverage from joyous to forlorn, one week celebrating a landmark rave at Versailles, only to then mourn the brutal and sudden loss of Braxe's friend and fellow producer Philippe Zdar of Cassius 11 days later. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Stardust On The Gay Bars, Firings & Failures That Led To 'Music Sounds Better With You'," 28 June 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

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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