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[luhv-lawrn] /ˈlʌvˌlɔrn/
being without love; forsaken by one's lover.
Origin of lovelorn
1625-35; love + lorn Unabridged
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Examples from the web for lovelorn
  • But so have other nearby males, which also begin singing lovelorn tunes-all of them vying for this one lady in the treetops.
  • Long before advertising copywriters linked romance to fresh breath, the lovelorn chewed aromatic herbs with similar notions.
  • For centuries the lovelorn have carved messages in tree trunks and rolled letters into bottles and cast them out to sea.
  • Overcoming heartbreak may be similar to kicking an addiction, say researchers studying brain images of the lovelorn.
  • But this one goes deeper: beneath the cruelty and into the dark places of lovelorn pain.
  • If you're lovelorn and looking for answers, you won't find them here.
British Dictionary definitions for lovelorn


miserable because of unrequited love or unhappiness in love
Derived Forms
lovelornness, noun
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Word Origin and History for lovelorn

also love-lorn, "pining for love," 1630s, from love (n.) + lorn. Perhaps coined by Milton.

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