\ 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


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 outthe hero lucks out and is able to escape
2 : to come upon something desirable by chance usually used with out, on, onto, or intolucked into a wonderful opportunity

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luckless \ ˈlək-​ləs How to pronounce luckless (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 Americans in need of a cheap and relaxing getaway are in luck: Four-day cruises on Carnival Corp. ships are available for as little as $139 per person this month. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Cruise Lines Will Get Decked by Virus Fears," 11 Feb. 2020 With hard work and a little luck, the plucky little family might have their own reality show in a few years. Nicole Clausing, Sunset Magazine, "Fit for a Prince: Where in the West Should Meghan and Harry Move?," 16 Jan. 2020 Following the win, the 22 good-luck charms, wearing their sons’ jerseys, formed a tunnel in the hallway outside the Bruins’ dressing room and whooped and hollered as their boys headed to the bus. Matt Porter,, "Bruins make their moms happy with big win over Predators," 8 Jan. 2020 Her now-2-year-old daughter Olympia must’ve been her extra good luck charm. Diane J. Cho,, "The Most Unforgettable, History-Making Sports Moments of the Decade," 31 Dec. 2019 Before leaving the states he and his flying group were given a cocker spaniel puppy, Skipper, as a mascot and good luck charm by one of the pilot’s sisters., "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 2 Dec. 2019 That somewhat overlooked Tennessee Williams play The Rose Tattoo—a revival of which is currently at Broadway’s American Airlines Theatre—has long been a good luck charm for actresses. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "Marisa Tomei Returns to Broadway in The Rose Tattoo," 4 Nov. 2019 This is all the stranger when one comes to think that, with a bit of luck, so many will get to old age and that those who do may one day before long constitute fully a quarter of the nation. Joseph Epstein, WSJ, "‘Elderhood’ Review: The Way We Age Now," 17 Jan. 2020 North Texans interested in seeing the meteor shower will be in luck, as viewing conditions should be optimal. Dallas News, "Dallas-Fort Worth will have optimal viewing conditions for the first major meteor shower of 2020," 3 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 María Paz Ferreyra, a singer who goes by the name Miss Bolivia, says she's lucked out in having played almost all of the festivals in Argentina over the past decade. Charles Newbery, Billboard, "Argentina Sets 30% Female Quota for Musical Events," 11 Dec. 2019 For years, those traveling through the C concourse have lucked out with the quirky dining room and bar of one of Denver’s homegrown restaurants, Root Down. Josie Sexton, The Denver Post, "Where to eat and drink at Denver International Airport while stuck during holiday travel," 26 Nov. 2019 It's been five whole years since would-be Forever Bachelor George Clooney somehow lucked into marrying brilliant legal goddess Amal Alamuddin. Kayleigh Roberts, Harper's BAZAAR, "Amal Clooney Wears a Stunning Black Mini-Skirt for Her Fifth Wedding Anniversary," 28 Sep. 2019 Before moving to Mexico, Joy lucked out by getting a flight-attendant job for a U.S. airline. Nina Shapiro, The Seattle Times, "A family with roots in the Seattle region starts over in Mexico," 24 Sep. 2019 Sweet Earth may just seem like a mom and pop operation that was in the right place at the right time — a humble maker of frozen veggie burritos and imitation bacon that lucked out when Nestlé decided to hop on a new trend. CNN, "The Awesome Burger is Nestlé's answer to the plant-based meat craze," 24 Sep. 2019 Some sellers will also luck out in that the Zillow estimate of value is just an estimate and sometimes will be high relative to true market value. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Econometer: Is Zillow Offers a good deal?," 20 Sep. 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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18 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Luck.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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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