fluky

adjective
\ 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 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 The bar code had evolved over several decades, a product of several collaborators and some fluky coincidences. BostonGlobe.com, "His death was confirmed by his son Craig.," 19 Dec. 2019 Two of the three losses came at the hands of powerhouse Ohio State, and a third was a fluky setback against Illinois. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "These 25 Wisconsinites had the biggest sports year in 2019," 16 Dec. 2019 The Islanders tied it with a fluky goal that deflected off multiple Capitals players with 7:33 left. Vin A. Cherwoo, baltimoresun.com, "Rookie goalie Samsonov leads Capitals past Islanders, 2-1," 5 Oct. 2019 The Islanders tied it with a fluky goal that deflected off multiple Capitals players with 7:33 left. Vin A. Cherwoo, baltimoresun.com, "Rookie goalie Samsonov leads Capitals past Islanders, 2-1," 5 Oct. 2019 In the coming weeks, the already fluky environment of postseason baseball may well turn even more so, its outcomes dependent on which team’s interchangeable mashers get hot for the right few days. Robert O'connell, The Atlantic, "The Year of the Home Run Reaches October," 1 Oct. 2019 Perhaps the flukiest result of Week 10, Brees was unable to get the Saints in the end zone at the Superdome. Kevin Cusick, Twin Cities, "The Loop Fantasy Football Update Week 11: Last-minute moves," 17 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of fluky

1867, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 Jan 2020

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“Fluky.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fluky. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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