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.
- Rhymes: -ɔː(r)n
- (obsolete) past participle of
- abandoned, left behind, deserted
- Of fortune and of hope at once forlorn.
- Some say that ravens foster forlorn children.
- miserable, as when lonely being abandoned.
- For here forlorn and lost I tread.
- The condition of the besieged in the mean time was forlorn in the extreme.
- She cherished the forlorn hope that he was still living.
- (miserable) forsaken