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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Forlorn(e, p.p. and a. Also: foirlorne, forloirn. [ME. forlorn(e, OE, forloren, p.p. of forléosan to lose.] Utterly lost or destroyed.

1. a. As p.p. active. b. As p.p. passive.a. a1400 Leg. S. xxx. 392.
Bannand the tyme scho wes born That sagat had hyr-self forlorne
?1438 Alex. ii. 9267.
Mony ane knicht … That thair lyues had forlorne
c1475 Wall. x. 33.
Ȝong Wodstok has bathe land and lyf forlorn
1535 Stewart 23616.
Ȝone ar the men that lawtie hes forlorne
1567 G. Ball. 24.
We wratcheit sinnaris pure, Our sin hes vs forlorne
b. 1375 Barb. x. 246.
Quhen thai the castell saw forlorn Thai fled
c1420 Wynt. i. 494.
Ihesu Cryst [wes] of Mary borne, Tyll sawffe oure lyff that wes forlorne
1456 Hay II. 53/16.
But the quhilk esperaunce … we war all forlorne
a1500 Seven S. 584.
This child was iugit to be forlorne
c1500 Crying of Play 83.
For litilnes scho was forlorne Sic a kempe to beire
c1500-c1512 Dunb. lxx. 24.
But thy help this kynrik is forlorne
c1550 Lynd. Meldrum 956.
Help me, ȝour man that is forlorne
a1568 Scott xxxiv. 66 (M).
Sic luiffarris seindle meittis Bot leill luif ay forloirn is
1581 Sat. P. xli. 156.
Sindrie vthers, … Diuers in maners, vnhappy, fals, forlorne

2. As adj., esp. forlorn son, the prodigal son. 1562-3 Winȝet I. 62/1.
For plesuir of his forlorne brether
1564 Reg. Privy C. I. 308.
Fyve paintit claythis of the forlorne son
1574 St. A. Kirk S. 396.
The supplicatioun … for procuring licence to play the comede … of the forlorn sone

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"Forlorn p.p., adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 1 Dec 2023 <>



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