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English definition of “forlorn”


adjective (SAD)    /fəˈlɔːn/ US  /fɚˈlɔːrn/ literary
alone and unhappy; left alone and not cared for: She looked a forlorn figure standing at the bus stop.Feeling sad and unhappy forlornly     /-li/ adverb She sat forlornly (= alone and unhappy) looking out to sea.Feeling sad and unhappy
(Definition of forlorn adjective (SAD) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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