\ 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 SWFs often have two aims: to smooth out fiscal policy, by releasing cash when the weather turns, and to pass wealth on to future generations, in case luck (or oil) runs out. The Economist, "Raid on the piggy banks Sovereign-wealth funds face lean years," 23 May 2020 The class of 2020 has some extraordinarily rotten luck to graduate right now, and the unfortunate timing could set many of them back financially and professionally for years. Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic, "What Will Become of the Class of 2020?," 22 May 2020 Ratcliffe’s luck turned after Trump replaced the previous acting intelligence chief, Joseph Maguire, with Grenell, the ambassador to Germany and a fierce partisan on behalf of the president. Nicholas Fandos,, "Senate approves John Ratcliffe for top intelligence job in sharply split vote," 21 May 2020 Business owners: Any aid helps Business owners have had mixed luck with getting small business loans. Joshua Bowling, azcentral, "Smaller Arizona cities, counties want fair share of state's $1.86 billion in COVID-19 aid to help their communities," 19 May 2020 Barr said if not for the FBI's ingenuity and some luck, the information about Alshamrani would never have been discovered. NBC News, "FBI: Pensacola gunman prodded by al Qaeda to attack," 18 May 2020 The changes are being implemented as luck is running out for casino staff. Kim Berryman, CNN, "Preparing the palace: How an iconic Las Vegas casino plans to conquer Covid-19," 15 May 2020 Some offered a secularized promise of protection from bad luck. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, "You’ve Got Chain E-Mail," 15 May 2020 There’s a funny sequence halfway through Nell Zink’s second novel, Mislaid, in which one of the main characters, a frustrated playwright, tries without much luck to get her career off the ground. Andrew Martin, The New York Review of Books, "Getting Away With It," 13 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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

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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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26 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Luck.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 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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