Adjective "forlorn" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Pitifully sad and abandoned or lonely.
  1. 'The New Zealander is a totally different animal to the forlorn figure we saw last season, struggling as he was with injury and confidence.'
  2. 'Friends tell me Paul has been seen walking his dog around the Heath, looking rather forlorn and lonely.'
  3. 'The shots were better than good and the swing rhythmic, but the young man in the white shirt still cut rather a forlorn figure.'
  4. 'It seemed somehow forlorn and pathetic as if it had been suddenly abandoned.'
  5. 'Mark took one last look at the forlorn figure of Tina sitting at the table he had just abruptly left.'
  6. 'The lonely letter looked forlorn, sitting like an omen on the smooth, glossy surface.'
  7. 'Seeing him sat there all alone like that was kind of sad - he looked so lonely and forlorn.'
  8. 'I stood a forlorn figure in the dressing-room, the last to get into the bath.'
  9. 'He cut a forlorn figure with no vest and in shoes at least two sizes too big.'
  10. 'When I called, the tiny forlorn figure sat up and reached out towards us.'
(of an aim or endeavour) unlikely to succeed or be fulfilled.
  1. 'Archaeologists think it may have been built in a forlorn attempt to stave off the effects of climate change 5,000 years ago.'
  2. 'It always would be, even if his object of forlorn piety never saw him the same way again.'
  3. 'The bikers have started burning them down at night in a forlorn attempt to hold back the waves of progress that Phoenix is attracting with its golf courses.'


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.

More examples(as adjective)

"teams can be forlorn in comparisons."

"lands can be forlorn for anybodies."

"bags can be forlorn in middles."

"hopes can be forlorn."

"people can be forlorn."

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Old English forloren ‘depraved, morally abandoned’, past participle of forlēosan ‘lose’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch verliezen and German verlieren, and ultimately to for- and lose. forlorn (sense 1) dates from the 16th century.


forlorn hope