\ 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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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 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

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First Known Use of fluky

1867, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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