Forlorn Definition

fər-lôrn, fôr-
adjective
Abandoned or deserted.
Webster's New World
Lonely and sad; unhappy and neglected.
Webster's New World
Suggesting or characterized by sadness or loneliness.
The forlorn whistle of a train in the night.
American Heritage
Wretched or pitiful in appearance or condition.
People living in forlorn shacks.
American Heritage
Bereft or deprived (of)
Webster's New World
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verb

(obsolete) Past participle of forlese.

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Other Word Forms of Forlorn

Adjective

Base Form:
forlorn
Comparative:
forlorner
Superlative:
forlornest

Origin of Forlorn

  • 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

  • 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

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