|Origin:||, past participle of forleosan 'to lose'|
seeming lonely and unhappy:
a forlorn figure sitting all by herself
Ana sat with a bowed head and spoke in a forlorn voice.
a place that is forlorn seems empty and sad, and is often in bad condition:
The house looked old and forlorn.
3 [only before noun]
a forlorn hope, attempt, or struggle etc is not going to be successful:
the forlorn hope of finding a peace formula