The definition of forlorn is something or someone with a very poor condition, or is pitifully lonely or sad.adjective
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- abandoned or deserted
- lonely and sad; unhappy and neglected
- without hope; desperate
- bereft or deprived (of)
Origin: ME forloren < OE, pp. of forleosan, to lose utterly: see for- & lose
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- a. Appearing sad or lonely because deserted or abandoned.b. Forsaken or deprived: forlorn of all hope.
- Wretched or pitiful in appearance or condition: forlorn roadside shacks.
- Nearly hopeless; desperate. See Synonyms at despondent.
Origin: Middle English forloren, past participle of forlesen, to abandon, from Old English forlēosan; see leu- in Indo-European roots.
- for·lornˈly adverb
- for·lornˈness noun