AskDefine | Define forlorn

Dictionary Definition

forlorn adj
1 pitiable in circumstances especially through abandonment; "desolate and despairing"; "left forlorn" [syn: desolate, godforsaken, lorn]
2 marked by or showing hopelessness; "the last forlorn attempt"; "a forlorn cause"

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English

Etymology

Old English "forloren" past participle of forleosan, to lose completely or to be obliterated to a shell.
Compare to german verlieren, to lose.

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /fɔəlɚɻn/

Verb

forlorn
  1. past participle of forlese

Adjective

  1. abandoned, left behind, deserted
  2. miserable, as when lonely being abandoned.

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Translations

left behind
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