From Middle English lorn, loren, ilorn, iloren, from Old English loren, ġeloren, from Proto-Germanic *galuzanaz, *luzanaz, past participle of Proto-Germanic *leusaną (“to lose”). More at lese.
lorn (comparative more lorn, superlative most lorn)
- (obsolete) lost, doomed
- (archaic) abandoned, lonely, forlorn
- 1874, James Thomson, The City of Dreadful Night, XIX
- The mighty river flowing dark and deep, (...)
- Is named the River of the Suicides;
- For night by night some lorn wretch overweary,(...)
- Within its cold secure oblivion hides.
- 1963: He never found his beloved machine gun. Lorn and drained-nervous, he was fired next day. — Thomas Pynchon, V.