\ ˈflü-kē How to pronounce fluky (audio) \
variants: or less commonly flukey
flukier; flukiest

Definition of fluky

1 : happening by or depending on chance
2 : being unsteady or uncertain used especially of wind

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Examples of fluky in a Sentence

a fluky coincidence that kept me safely at home when the blizzard hit the fluky selection of consecutive numbers on consecutive days of the lottery

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But the painful and fluky ending of Game 6 of that Cup Final stuck to him. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Once again, an imperfect finish for Tuukka Rask," 13 June 2019 The Tigers managed to score a fluky run in the top of the eighth. Paul Johnson, Elgin Courier-News, "'It's heartbreaking because I love this team': Egon Hein helps St. Charles North finish second in Class 4A," 10 June 2019 But the immune system was thought to be just one fluky exception, and DNA variation elsewhere in the body was written off as error, the unfortunate result of imperfections in the copying machinery. Quanta Magazine, "I Contain Multitudes," 21 Aug. 2014 No doubt Backstrom factored prominently—and fortuitously, benefiting from a fluky carom over Bobrovsky’s shoulders for a first-period goal before jutting out his stick on defenseman Dmitry Orlov’s point shot in sudden death. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "Despite an Uninspiring Third Period, Washington Finds a Way to Win Game 5," 21 Apr. 2018 Tom Brady provides the ultimate example, as his eight Super Bowl appearances are littered with fluky plays that could have easily swung outcomes the other way. Mitch Goldich, SI.com, "Ringz Culture: Are Championships All That Matter?," 13 June 2018 With due to respect to a hot Reds team, the Cubs losing four straight games at Great American Ball Park felt a little fluky; two grand slams, two home runs by pitchers, assorted injuries to Kris Bryant and the bullpen. David Haugh, chicagotribune.com, "Cubs' rough weekend in Cincinnati should be viewed as a blip, not a red flag," 25 June 2018 There’s still room for hot starts to go cold and slumps to turn into streaks, but with seven weeks’ worth of action in the books, numbers are beginning to normalize, and aberrant production—or a lack thereof—no longer feels fluky. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "Nine Innings: Keys to a Dodgers Turnaround, Fixing Ohtani's Workload and MLB's Underappreciated Players," 20 May 2018 The message O’Connor sent with the benchings on Saturday night was, in essence, telling the players to stop deluding themselves into thinking the nine-match losing streak was some fluky happenstance of bad breaks, bad officiating and bad coaching. Mike Bianchi, Pro Soccer USA, "James O’Connor is finally forcing Orlando City’s players to look in the mirror," 14 July 2018

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First Known Use of fluky

1867, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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