forlorn

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Etymology[edit]

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

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forlorn (comparative forlorner or more forlorn, superlative forlornest or most forlorn)

  1. Abandoned, deserted, left behind.
  2. Miserable, as when lonely after being abandoned.
  3. Unlikely to succeed.

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Noun[edit]

forlorn (plural forlorns) (military)

  1. A forlorn hope.
  2. A member of a forlorn hope.

Verb[edit]

forlorn

  1. (obsolete) past participle of forlese.