What does forlorn mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term forlorn:

Princeton's WordNet

  1. forlorn(adj)

    marked by or showing hopelessness

    "the last forlorn attempt"; "a forlorn cause"


  1. forlorn(Adjective)

    abandoned, left behind, deserted

  2. forlorn(Adjective)

    miserable, as when lonely being abandoned.

  3. Origin: From forlorn, forloren, from forloren (past participle of forleosan), from fraluzanaz, past participle of fraleusanan, equivlanet to . Cognate with verloren, verloren, förlorad. More at lese/leese, lorn.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Forlorn

    of Forlese

  2. Forlorn(verb)

    deserted; abandoned; lost

  3. Forlorn(verb)

    destitute; helpless; in pitiful plight; wretched; miserable; almost hopeless; desperate

  4. Forlorn(noun)

    a lost, forsaken, or solitary person

  5. Forlorn(noun)

    a forlorn hope; a vanguard

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Forlorn

    for-lorn′, adj. quite lost: forsaken; wretched.—v.t. Forlore′ (Spens.).—adv. Forlorn′ly.—n. Forlorn′ness. [A.S. forloren, pa.p. of forléòsan, to lose—pfx. for-, away, and léòsan, to lose; Ger. verloren, pa.p. of verlieren, to lose.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of forlorn in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of forlorn in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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