\ 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 With some better luck in one-score games, the Heels might be at the top of ACC Coastal division. C.j. Doon,, "College football overreaction index, Week 10: Memphis is clear AAC favorite?; Pac-12 playoff hopes still alive," 4 Nov. 2019 Do this and, with luck, most people will once more be able to forget about the repo market. The Economist, "How to ensure financial firms have enough cash," 2 Nov. 2019 With luck, perhaps there’s a loose or corroded connection at the headlamp electrical connector. Brad Bergholdt,, "Under the Hood: Upgrading headlamps to LED bulbs sounds great but can pose problems," 1 Nov. 2019 With any luck, Boeing will actually manage to conduct that pad abort test this coming November. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Airstream builds Astrovan II for Boeing CST-100 astronaut transport," 22 Oct. 2019 With any luck, after his canonization this weekend, Newman will shift into the category of the better-known. Nicholas Gallagher, National Review, "Saint John Henry Newman, of the Church, in the World," 13 Oct. 2019 The number 666 is often referred to as the number of the devil and some people have even associated it with bad luck, but that isn't why Billie chose the number 666. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Does Billie Eilish Really Only Follow 666 People On Instagram?," 7 Oct. 2019 After weeks with no luck, an attractive and successful 32-year-old reached out on Hinge. Los Angeles Times, "L.A. Affairs: I didn’t need a zodiac chart to know: Our date was ill-fated," 5 Oct. 2019 Now, one member of the organization pointed out to me Wednesday that, amid all this, other teams (see: Steelers, Saints) are dealing with worse luck. Albert Breer,, "What Melvin Gordon’s Return Will Mean for the Chargers," 26 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Twins may have lucked out in missing three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer by a day, but what the Nationals have lined up instead doesn’t provide much relief. Betsy Helfand, Twin Cities, "Twins fall to Nationals despite chances," 11 Sep. 2019 There are no easy games and no one lucks into winning the Super Bowl. Dave Hyde,, "Hyde5: Dolphins owner Steve Ross: ‘We said it wouldn’t be easy’," 15 Sep. 2019 Then the Padres moved into Petco Park, where the downtown logistics for a fireworks display of this magnitude didn’t work, and in 2004 the Aztecs lucked into the mother of all attendance steroids. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Tailgating and fireworks: San Diego sports in a nutshell," 31 Aug. 2019 If Holland is similar to Rodney — usable in high-leverage situations — the Nationals will have lucked out. Jesse Dougherty, The Denver Post, "Former Rockies reliever Greg Holland agrees to minor league deal with Nationals," 13 Aug. 2019 Biden as punching bag O'Rourke, the former El Paso congressman, lucked out when his name was drawn for Wednesday’s debate. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "20 for 2020: Dual Democratic debates in Miami could be defining or disastrous for presidential hopefuls," 24 June 2019 Baloo, in particular, lucked out with a slightly goofy facial rendering pipeline and actor Bill Murray to match. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Lion King remake review: Roaring visuals, but the execution is a hairball," 12 July 2019 Warren in many ways lucked out in drawing the first night. Vera Bergengruen / Miami, Time, "Winning the First Debate? Elizabeth Warren Has a Plan for That," 26 June 2019 Woods lucked into the final group, a tactical advantage. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "Inside the Cultish Dreamworld of Augusta National," 14 June 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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11 Nov 2019

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

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How to pronounce luck (audio)

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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