Every day, nearly half a dozen forlorn women arrive here to ask Pal for support.
The roads are forlorn, the landscape barren, the forests menacing.
He could not shake the image of that forlorn, mistreated horse.
He looked as forlorn as might be expected of a retired cop who finds himself the one behind bars.
Sophie then wanders further astray, sparking a sexual relationship with a forlorn single father.
The irruption of Bennie and Zephyr threatened disaster even to this forlorn hope.
Altogether, the appearance of the individual was forlorn and miserable.
With gratitude the forlorn butterfly rested all night in the bosom of one of its simple white blossoms.
That he might be; but he was not so forlorn as to roam away and leave them together.
It was romantic in some of its aspects, and it was tempting to the forlorn young creature.
mid-12c., forloren "disgraced, depraved," past participle of obsolete forlesan "be deprived of, lose, abandon," from Old English forleosan "to lose, abandon, let go; destroy, ruin," from for- "completely" + leosan "to lose" (see lose). In the Mercian hymns, Latin perditionis is glossed by Old English forlorenisse.
Sense of "forsaken, abandoned" is 1530s; that of "wretched, miserable" first recorded 1580s. A common Germanic compound (cf. Old Saxon farilosan, Old Frisian urliasa, Middle Dutch verliesen, Dutch verliezen, Old High German virliosan, German verlieren, Gothic fraliusan "to lose").
Commonly in forlorn hope (1570s), which is a partial translation of Dutch verloren hoop, in which hoop means "troop, band," literally "heap," and the sense of the whole phrase is of a suicide mission. The phrase is usually used incorrectly in English, and the misuse has colored the sense of forlorn. Related: Forlornly; forlornness.