\ ˈlək How to pronounce luck (audio) \

Definition of luck

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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


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

Synonyms & Antonyms for luck

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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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 Likewise, the most infamous of Nazi icons, the swastika, was once a symbol of good luck and can be seen on countless buildings. Peter Suciu, Forbes, "CPAC Stage Compared To Nazi Symbol On Social Media," 27 Feb. 2021 But redundant controls and a bit of good luck shouldn’t diminish the severity of this cyber threat to public health. Dave Weinstein, WSJ, "Hackers May Be Coming for Your City’s Water Supply," 26 Feb. 2021 So while older adults with other providers are getting shots, many Kaiser members are out of luck. San Francisco Chronicle, "Coronavirus updates from the Bay Area: Feb. 11-17, 2021," 25 Feb. 2021 However, patients who are uninsured or on Medicaid are still out of luck. Adeiyewunmi Osinubi, Glamour, "Where Are All the Black Women at the Fertility Clinic?," 23 Feb. 2021 Both Bob Stevenson and Katie Witt would have been out of luck as they were kicked to the curb during the convention vote. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Senate committee OKs bill allowing Utah political parties to nix signature gathering for candidates," 22 Feb. 2021 Homeowners or renters who escaped to a hotel because their residence lost electricity or heat are likely out of luck. Patrick Danner, San Antonio Express-News, "What winter-storm damages do insurers cover?," 18 Feb. 2021 At the same time, luck by itself was shown to be insufficient. Popular Science, "It’s a cosmic miracle that life on Earth’s lasted this long," 25 Jan. 2021 Don’t take your good luck for granted, especially in the first part of the week. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Jan. 24, 2021: Libra, create a happy home; Capricorn, romance is on the menu this week," 24 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb If only 6-1 Indiana could have been as fortunate to luck into that game. Megan Ryan, Star Tribune, "Big Ten football shows that blue blood Buckeyes run the show," 10 Dec. 2020 So the people who wow us their first time out are unicorns, who luck into a great role and nail it. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, "7 movies with the best debut performances ever, from Alan Rickman to Lupita Nyong'o," 18 Nov. 2020 Maybe some or all of the leagues will luck out and keep enough players healthy. Dave Clark, The Enquirer, "Guest TML: NFL manual of added safety protocols should be interesting," 25 June 2020 Tough Break: Robertson and a friend had lucked into a school of giant walleyes. Doug Olander, Field & Stream, "Never Lose Another Fish Fight Again," 21 May 2020 Around the same time, however, Hotchner lucked his way into literary history. CBS News, "A.E. Hotchner, prolific author and friend to Hemingway and Newman, has died at age 102," 16 Feb. 2020 The Bears lucked into Mack because the Raiders felt backed into a corner. Brad Biggs,, "Bears Q&A: Could a veteran QB compete with Mitch Trubisky next season? Is the center/guard switch permanent? Why has the defense regressed?," 13 Nov. 2019 Jeep lucked out in that the actor agreed to participate -- specially given's Murray's quote in the company's press release about the commercial. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Bill Murray's 'Groundhog Day' Super Bowl ad made us nostalgic," 3 Feb. 2020 Which is how ticket-holders to the 14th annual Santa's Elves party benefiting MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital lucked into a special treat. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "VIP view: Paige Fertitta and Patrick Fertitta host 14th annual Santa's Elves party in River Oaks," 12 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of luck


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


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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The first known use of luck was in the 15th century

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2 Mar 2021

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“Luck.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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


\ 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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