\ ˈflü-kē \
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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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 Against Vegas, this involved stomaching a fluky Game 1 loss in which Ovechkin had an assist but only managed two shots on goal. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "The Great Wait Is Finally Over: After 13 Seasons, Alex Ovechkin Is a Stanley Cup Champion," 11 June 2018 As a result, lucky saves and fluky errors can be the deciding factor in many hockey games. New York Times, "Why N.H.L. Teams May Not Enjoy the Comforts of Home Ice," 6 June 2018 There always has been a rather simple explanation for that trend: Unless the Derby produces some kind of fluky result, the fastest horse on the first Saturday in May is likely to remain the fastest horse two weeks later. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Why it's impossible to pick against Derby winner Justify in the Preakness," 16 May 2018 Those are the kinds of fluky occurrences that have made no-hitters so exciting and rare: There is inherently an element of luck involved. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Why It Won’t Be Long Until the Next No-Hitter," 9 May 2018 That sure seems fluky and might indicate the Cowboys defense is better than appearances. Jesse Newell, kansascity, "Quick scout: Why it's hard to figure out Oklahoma State's defense | The Kansas City Star," 2 Mar. 2018 In essence, that has weeded out the cheap speed horses who had no shot to win, making it a truer run race with fewer fluky elements. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Here's why it's harder to win big betting Kentucky Derby," 30 Apr. 2018 According to the Sliding Doors philosophy, in other words, even when our lives take fluky, chaotic detours, ultimately good-hearted people find each other, and the bad boyfriends and home-wreckers of the world get their comeuppance. Ashley Fetters, The Cut, "I Think About This a Lot: The Sliding Doors in Sliding Doors," 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of fluky

1867, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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