desolate or dreary; unhappy or miserable, as in feeling, condition, or appearance.
lonely and sad; forsaken.
expressive of hopelessness; despairing: forlorn glances.
bereft; destitute: forlorn of comfort.

before 1150; Middle English foreloren (past participle of forlesen to lose completely), Old English forloren (past participle of forlēosan); cognate with Old High German firliosan (German verlieren), Gothic fraliusan. See for-, lorn

forlornly, adverb
forlornness, noun
unforlorn, adjective

1. pitiful, pitiable, helpless, woebegone, comfortless. 2. alone, lost, solitary. See desolate. 4. deprived.

1. happy. 2. accompanied. Unabridged
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forlorn (fəˈlɔːn)
adj (foll by of)
1.  miserable, wretched, or cheerless; desolate
2.  deserted; forsaken
3.  destitute; bereft: forlorn of hope
4.  desperate: the last forlorn attempt
[Old English forloren lost, from forlēosan to lose; related to Old Saxon farliosan, Gothic fraliusan, Greek luein to release]

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Word Origin & History

mid-12c., "depraved," pp. of obsolete forlesan "be deprived of, lose, abandon," from O.E. forleosan, from for- "completely" + leosan "to lose" (see lose). In the Mercian hymns, L. perditionis is glossed by O.E. forlorenisse. Originally "forsaken, abandoned;" sense of "wretched,
miserable" first recorded 1580s. Commonly in forlorn hope (1570s), which is a partial translation of Du. verloren hoop, in which hoop means "troop, band," lit. "heap," and the sense of the whole phrase is of a suicide mission. The phrase is usually used incorrectly in Eng., and the misuse has colored the sense of forlorn. Related: Forlornly; forlornness.
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Example sentences
For the forlorn obsessed dedicated, there are even committee minutes and
But in daily life, researchers studying older people have found, cortisol might
  be helpful in getting the forlorn out of bed.
Think of the forlorn looks at the chow hall at what the next guy gets to eat
  for lunch.
The overcast lighting along with the weather aged deteriorating boats added to
  the forlorn feelings of the scene.
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