forlorn

  • 1 Forlorn — For*lorn , a. [OE., p. p. of forlesen to lose utterly, AS. forle[ o]san (p. p. forloren); pref. for + le[ o]san (in comp.) to lose; cf. D. verliezen to lose, G. verlieren, Sw. f[ o]rlora, Dan. forloren, Goth. fraliusan to lose. See {For }, and… …

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  • 2 Forlorn — For*lorn , n. 1. A lost, forsaken, or solitary person. [1913 Webster] Forced to live in Scotland a forlorn. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. A forlorn hope; a vanguard. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Our forlorn of horse marched within a mile of the enemy. Oliver… …

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  • 3 forlorn — (adj.) mid 12c., forloren disgraced, depraved, pp. of obsolete forlesan be deprived of, lose, abandon, from O.E. forleosan to lose, abandon, let go; destroy, ruin, from FOR (Cf. for ) completely + leosan to lose (see LOSE (Cf. lose)). In the… …

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  • 4 forlorn — ► ADJECTIVE 1) pitifully sad and lonely. 2) unlikely to succeed or be fulfilled. ● forlorn hope Cf. ↑forlorn hope DERIVATIVES forlornly adverb forlornness noun …

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  • 5 forlorn — index derelict (abandoned), disappointed, disconsolate, lugubrious, pessimistic Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 6 forlorn — 1 lorn, lone, desolate, lonesome, lonely, *alone, solitary Analogous words: separated, parted, divorced, severed, sundered (see SEPARATE vb): forsaken, deserted, abandoned (see ABANDON vb): wretched, *miserable: depressed, weighed down, oppressed …

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  • 7 forlorn — [adj] hopeless, inconsolable abandoned, alone, bereft, blue*, cheerless, comfortless, cynical, defenseless, depressed, deserted, desolate, despairing, desperate, despondent, destitute, destroyed, disconsolate, down and out*, dragging*, forgotten …

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  • 8 forlorn — [fôr lôrn′, fərlôrn′] adj. [ME forloren < OE, pp. of forleosan, to lose utterly: see FOR & LOSE] 1. abandoned or deserted 2. a) lonely and sad; unhappy and neglected b) without hope; desperate 3 …

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  • 9 forlorn — [[t]fɔː(r)lɔ͟ː(r)n[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: ADJ n, v link ADJ, ADJ after v If someone is forlorn, they feel alone and unhappy. [LITERARY] One of the demonstrators, a young woman, sat forlorn on the pavement... He looked a forlorn figure as he limped… …

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  • 10 forlorn — for|lorn [fəˈlo:n US fərˈlo:rn] adj [: Old English; Origin: , past participle of forleosan to lose ] 1.) seeming lonely and unhappy ▪ a forlorn figure sitting all by herself ▪ Ana sat with a bowed head and spoke in a forlorn voice. 2.) a place… …

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  • 11 forlorn — adjective 1 seeming lonely and unhappy: a forlorn little figure sitting outside the station 2 a place that is forlorn seems empty and sad, and is often in bad condition: The house looked old and forlorn. 3 a forlorn hope something you hope for… …

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  • 12 forlorn — adjective Etymology: Middle English forloren, from Old English, past participle of forlēosan to lose, from for + lēosan to lose more at lose Date: before 12th century 1. a. bereft, forsaken < left quite forlorn of hope > b. sad and lonely because …

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  • 13 forlorn — for|lorn [ fər lɔrn ] adjective 1. ) appearing lonely and sad: We watched her, a forlorn figure alone on the platform. a ) used about places that are empty and in bad condition: One of the city s best loved landmarks now stands forlorn and almost …

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  • 14 forlorn — UK [fə(r)ˈlɔː(r)n] / US [fərˈlɔrn] adjective 1) a) appearing lonely and sad We watched her, a forlorn figure alone on the platform. b) used about places that are empty and in a bad condition One of London s best loved landmarks now stands forlorn …

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  • 15 forlorn — adj. VERBS ▪ be, feel, look, seem, sound, stand ▪ The house stood forlorn and empty. ADVERB ▪ …

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  • 16 forlorn — [12] Forlorn began life as the past participle of Old English forlēosan ‘lose completely, forfeit, abandon’, a compound verb formed in prehistoric Germanic times from the intensive prefix *fer and *leusan (a relative of modern English lose). It… …

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  • 17 forlorn — adjective 1) he sounded forlorn Syn: unhappy, sad, miserable, sorrowful, dejected, despondent, disconsolate, wretched, abject, down, downcast, dispirited, downhearted, crestfallen, depressed, melancholy, gloomy …

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  • 18 forlorn — /fəˈlɔn / (say fuh lawn) adjective 1. abandoned, deserted, or forsaken: *Tilly s big heart yearned over her sister s forlorn little ones; they could be heard bleating like lambs for the mother to whom till now they had never cried in vain. –henry …

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  • 19 forlorn — [12] Forlorn began life as the past participle of Old English forlēosan ‘lose completely, forfeit, abandon’, a compound verb formed in prehistoric Germanic times from the intensive prefix *fer and *leusan (a relative of modern English lose). It… …

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  • 20 Forlorn — Forlese For*lese , v. t. [p. p. {Forlore}, {Forlorn}.] [OE. forlesen. See {Forlorn}.] To lose utterly. [Obs.] haucer. [1913 Webster] …

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