the generation of men and women who came of age during or immediately following World War I: viewed, as a result of their war experiences and the social upheaval of the time, as cynical, disillusioned, and without cultural or emotional stability.
a group of American writers of this generation, including Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and John Dos Passos.
noun (sometimes not capitals)
the large number of talented young men killed in World War I
the generation of writers, esp American authors such as Scott Fitzgerald and Hemingway, active after World War I
young people coming of age during and shortly after World War I, esp. disillusioned by the number of people killed in the war
The young adults of Europe and America during World War I. They were “lost” because after the war many of them were disillusioned with the world in general and unwilling to move into a settled life. Gertrude Stein is usually credited with popularizing the expression.
Note: The characters in the book The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway, are examples of the lost generation.
- Lost in the noise
Synonym lost in the underflow. This term is from signal processing, where signals of very small amplitude cannot be separated from low-intensity noise in the system. Though popular among hackers, it is not confined to hackerdom; physicists, engineers, astronomers, and statisticians all use it. [Jargon File]
- Lost in the shuffle
Failing to stand out among others, as in In that huge economics class Jane’s afraid she’ll get lost in the shuffle. This metaphoric term alludes to mixing playing cards before dealing them. [ c. 1900 ]
- Lost in the underflow
jargon Too small to be worth considering; more specifically, small beyond the limits of accuracy or measurement. This is a reference to “floating point underflow”. The Hacker’s Jargon File claimed that it is also a pun on “undertow” (a kind of fast, cold current that sometimes runs just offshore and can be dangerous to swimmers). […]
- Lost in thought
Concentrating on or pondering over something. For example, Gwen didn’t hear a word you said; she was lost in thought.