- 1(of a person) appearing lonely and unhappy She looked so forlorn, standing there in the rain.
- 2(of a place) not cared for and with no people in it Empty houses quickly take on a forlorn look.
- 3unlikely to succeed, come true, etc. She waited in the forlorn hope that he would one day come back to her. His father smiled weakly in a forlorn attempt to reassure him that everything was all right.
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