Forlorn meaning

fər-lôrn, fôr-
The definition of forlorn is something or someone with a very poor condition, or is pitifully lonely or sad.

A puppy watching his owner leave for the day is an example of a puppy that would be described as forlorn.

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Abandoned, left behind, deserted.
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(obsolete) Past participle of forlese.
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Bereft or deprived.

Forlorn of all hope.

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Bereft or deprived (of)
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Miserable, as when lonely being abandoned.
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Abandoned or deserted.
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Nearly hopeless; desperate.

A forlorn acknowledgment of failure.

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Origin of forlorn

  • Middle English forloren past participle of forlesen to abandon from Old English forlēosan leu- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English forlorn, forloren, from Old English forloren (past participle of forlēosan (“to lose”)), from Proto-Germanic *fraluzanaz (“lost”), past participle of Proto-Germanic *fraleusaną (“to lose”), equivalent to for- +‎ lorn. Cognate with Dutch verloren (“lost”), German verloren (“lost”), Swedish förlorad (“lost”). More at lese/leese, lorn.

    From Wiktionary