\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Barring another fluky playoff outcome, could be another Lombardi Gras in the offing ... *Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10-6): QB Tom Brady's arrival has made them the league's unexpected darlings, ones boasting a franchise-record five games in prime time. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "2020 NFL record projections: Will Tom Brady or Drew Brees lead Super Bowl push?," 14 May 2020 Less than a month after getting hurt – on a fluky play that also saw fellow lineman Bryson Cain go down – McCauley represented his school in the Territorial Cup. Michael Lev, azcentral, "Why Arizona Wildcats OL Josh McCauley played through pain vs. Arizona State," 6 Mar. 2020 This wasn't a fluky loss, or bad officiating, or a goofy play. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions fans have the power to fix this mess: Boycott Thanksgiving," 25 Nov. 2019 Even monarchs are vulnerable to awkward, fluky snafus. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "The Queen Awkwardly Got Locked Out of Windsor Castle Due to a Security Mistake," 8 Mar. 2020 The recent bout of soft numbers (including today's) are fluky, in her view, and not something that's about to disrupt the course of monetary policy. WSJ, "Federal Reserve Interest-Rate Decision—Live Analysis," 14 June 2017 The Islanders tied the game in the second period on a fluky goal from Brassard, who slipped a shot past Bishop on the near post. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "What could have been: Stars squander chance to sweep New York road trip, fall to Islanders in OT," 5 Feb. 2020 After a few big saves early in the first period, Devan Dubnyk fell victim to his latest fluky goal, as winger Michael Grabner tried to kick a pass to his stick and instead inadvertently redirected the puck slowly over the goal line. Dane Mizutani, Twin Cities, "Wild trash talk their way to comeback win over Coyotes," 9 Nov. 2019 Washington’s only touchdown of the day came in the first quarter on a fluky 65-yard run play from Steven Sims. BostonGlobe.com, "Betting lines and totals for NFL Week 5:," 6 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of fluky

1867, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Fluky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fluky. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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