luck

noun
\ ˈlək How to pronounce luck (audio) \

Definition of luck

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a force that brings good fortune or adversity Luck was a big factor in the outcome.
b : the events or circumstances that operate for or against an individual The loser muttered something about bad luck.
2 : favoring chance also : success had great luck growing orchids

luck

verb
lucked; lucking; lucks

Definition of luck (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to prosper or succeed especially through chance or good fortune usually used with out the hero lucks out and is able to escape
2 : to come upon something desirable by chance usually used with out, on, onto, or into lucked into a wonderful opportunity

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Other Words from luck

Noun

luckless \ ˈlək-​ləs How to pronounce luckless (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for luck

Synonyms: Noun

fortunateness, fortune, luckiness

Antonyms: Noun

mischance, misfortune, unluckiness

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Examples of luck in a Sentence

Noun

We had good luck fishing. He's been having nothing but bad luck. He succeeded through hard work and a little luck. We need a bit of luck. By a stroke of luck, there were still a few tickets left when we arrived. “I've been looking for a new apartment.” “Any luck?” “No, not yet.” I've had no luck in finding a new apartment. He had no better luck than I did.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Houstonians looking for a good deal and a quick bite are in luck Tuesday. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Here's how to get your hands on free Doritos Locos Tacos Tuesday, June 18," 18 June 2019 Customers who had gift cards purchased before that period, however, could be out of luck. nola.com, "Sucré dessert shops shut down after 13 years," 17 June 2019 In the 2018 midterm elections, progressive insurgents had better luck in deep blue districts like Cuellar’s than purple battleground ones, where most of their favored candidates lost to Republicans. NBC News, "First shot fired in Democratic civil war as 8-term incumbent gets a challenger," 13 June 2019 Now, like a string of British success stories from the Beatles to James Corden, Monzo wants to try its luck in the US. Oliver Staley, Quartz, "UK fintech darling Monzo will try its luck in the US," 13 June 2019 There’s been bad luck, too: Two fires have gutted historic buildings that housed a half-dozen businesses. Shwanika Narayan, San Francisco Chronicle, "The historic San Francisco neighborhood is suddenly littered with empty storefronts. What’s the reason?," 13 June 2019 The Phillies lost outfielder Andrew McCutchen for the season on Monday evening in San Diego on a first-inning play that was one part crafty baseball, one part frustration, and several large parts of extremely bad luck. Bob Ford, https://www.inquirer.com, "The tragic, but correct, application for the Phillies of the infield fly rule | Bob Ford," 6 June 2019 No luck with the first hitter, as Jack Strunc hits a long home run to left, his second of the game. oregonlive.com, "Michigan Wolverines wins Corvallis Regional, beats Creighton Bluejays 17-6: Live updates recap," 3 June 2019 Finding the stuff was not easy and usually required a lengthy trek to the Arctic, a large research budget and a fair amount of luck. Quanta Magazine, "Ancient DNA Yields Snapshots of Vanished Ecosystems," 29 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Woods lucked into the final group, a tactical advantage. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "Inside the Cultish Dreamworld of Augusta National," 14 June 2019 The first factor is obvious: The Lakers lucked into the No. Kyle Goon, Orange County Register, "Purple & Bold: Anthony Davis rumors are circling again. Here’s what’s changed.," 6 June 2019 Still, Russian President Vladimir Putin has lucked out. John Leicester, chicagotribune.com, "Is this the best-ever World Cup?," 29 June 2018 Photo: Seth Wenig/Associated Press Uber lucked out with a conservative three-judge panel because the liberal Ninth Circuit frequently flouts Supreme Court precedent and attempts to rewrite law. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Silicon Valley’s Supreme Salvation," 26 Sep. 2018 The Fed created an easy-money environment and lucked out because prices didn’t rise rapidly. WSJ, "The Phillips Curve Isn’t a Good Monetary Tool," 31 May 2018 Willa Drake lucked out with her dad, Melvin, a gentle high school teacher. Laura Collins-hughes, BostonGlobe.com, "Waking up is hard to do," 13 July 2018 The red team lucked out, though, because the blue team completely fell apart. Tracy Swartz, chicagotribune.com, "South Loop contestant vows to win 'MasterChef' wedding challenge as team captain," 11 July 2018 The Scullys lucked out this year with leftovers from a graduation party the day before. Henry J. Morgan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "YMCA at Pabst Farms' fishing night offers people with disabilities a fun night on Okauchee Lake," 26 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'luck.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of luck

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for luck

Noun and Verb

Middle English lucke, from Middle Dutch luc; akin to Middle High German gelücke luck

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luck

noun

English Language Learners Definition of luck

: the things that happen to a person because of chance : the accidental way things happen without being planned
: good fortune : good luck
: success in doing or getting something

luck

noun
\ ˈlək How to pronounce luck (audio) \

Kids Definition of luck

1 : something that happens to a person by or as if by chance He cursed his luck.
2 : the accidental way things happen Our meeting happened by pure luck.
3 : good fortune We had luck fishing.

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