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This word has been in occasional use since at least the early 17th century, when Shakespeare used it in The Tempest: “To make cold nymphs chaste crowns; and thy broom-groves, Whose shadow the dismissed bachelor loves, being lass-lorn.”

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    Have you looked up the word in a dictionary? What did that leave you unclear about? – Janus Bahs Jacquet Feb 10 at 10:02
  • Shakespeare is overrated. If he had had a better vocabulary he wouldn't have had to make so much up. – Mitch Feb 10 at 15:46
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    @Mitch I suspect that he didn't make up most of these words. He was what we would now call a lower-midde-class (if not working class) lad from a small town in the sticks who was one of the earliest men to write and publish in ordinary colloquial English. I believe that he was just the first person to publish these words, not the first to use them. – BoldBen Feb 10 at 23:13
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It is a coinage by analogy with forlorn. lorn means "lacking" or "deprived of" or "having lost".

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