The meaning of forlorn

Several sources tell us the meaning of forlorn. Here are a few:

    • looking or feeling alone and sad because you need help but do not expect to get it:
      As I left little Bobby on his first day of school, he gave me such a forlorn look.
      ref: Cambridge Dictionary
    • When someone is forlorn it means that they not only feel miserable but simultaneously desolate because they also believe they are alone.
      ref: Dictionary
    • 1. desolate or dreary; unhappy or miserable, as in feeling, condition, or appearance.
      2. lonely and sad; forsaken.
      3. expressive of hopelessness; despairing: forlorn glances.
      4. bereft; destitute: forlorn of comfort.
      ref: infoplease
    • 1. pitifully sad and abandoned or lonely.
      “forlorn figures at bus stops”
      synonyms: unhappy, sad, miserable, sorrowful, dejected, despondent, disconsolate, wretched, abject, down, downcast, dispirited, downhearted, crestfallen, depressed, melancholy, gloomy, glum, mournful, despairing, doleful, woebegone; informal blue, down in/at the mouth, down in the dumps; rare lachrymose
      “he sounded forlorn”
      – desolate, deserted, abandoned, forsaken, forgotten, neglected
      “a forlorn garden”
      2. (of an aim or endeavor) unlikely to succeed or be fulfilled; hopeless.
      “a forlorn attempt to escape”
      synonyms: hopeless, vain, with no chance of success; useless, futile, pointless, purposeless, unavailing, nugatory; archaic bootless
      “a forlorn attempt”
      ref: Google Search Result

About Roland Louis Hansen

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One Response to The meaning of forlorn

  1. It’s a very old fashioned word but one that fits certain moods so well!


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