noun \ˈlək\

: the things that happen to a person because of chance : the accidental way things happen without being planned

: good fortune : good luck

: success in doing or getting something

Full Definition of LUCK

a :  a force that brings good fortune or adversity
b :  the events or circumstances that operate for or against an individual
:  favoring chance; also :  success <had great luck growing orchids>
luck·less \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of LUCK

  1. We had good luck fishing.
  2. He's been having nothing but bad luck.
  3. He succeeded through hard work and a little luck.
  4. We need a bit of luck.
  5. By a stroke of luck, there were still a few tickets left when we arrived.
  6. I've been looking for a new apartment. Any luck? No, not yet.
  7. I've had no luck in finding a new apartment.
  8. He had no better luck than I did.

Origin of LUCK

Middle English lucke, from Middle Dutch luc; akin to Middle High German gelücke luck
First Known Use: 15th century



Definition of LUCK

intransitive verb
:  to prosper or succeed especially through chance or good fortune —usually used with out <the hero lucks out and is able to escape>
:  to come upon something desirable by chance —usually used with out, on, onto, or into <lucked into a wonderful opportunity>

First Known Use of LUCK

circa 1584
LUCKLESS Defined for Kids


noun \ˈlək\

Definition of LUCK for Kids

:  something that happens to a person by or as if by chance <He cursed his luck.>
:  the accidental way things happen <Our meeting happened by pure luck.>
:  good fortune <We had luck fishing.>


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