\ 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 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 People desperately shopping for homes in South Florida may finally have some luck. David Lyons,, "Relief for homebuyers: More sellers are putting their homes on the market," 27 Apr. 2021 But supermarkets had little luck selling the unwieldy bricks, and many stores even lacked adequate freezer space to display them. Ute Eberle, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Surprising Success Story of Fish Sticks," 26 Apr. 2021 Dressing yourself like an Oscar statuette is apparently considered to be good luck: At least 23 former winners have swathed themselves in gold fabric, including Emma Stone, Helen Mirren, Cate Blanchett and Rita Moreno. Washington Post, "Oscars fashion 2021: The looks and trends that took over the red carpet," 25 Apr. 2021 The Celtics had some plays during their late rally that were just bad luck, while other miscues were caused by pressing., "The Celtics could have beaten the Bulls; that they didn’t shows where they must clean things up," 19 Apr. 2021 As a result, some elements of his slow start appear to be bad luck. Nathan Ruiz,, "Orioles’ Trey Mancini enduring mixed start to comeback season: ‘He’s just trying so hard’," 18 Apr. 2021 The quartet of relievers Hinch marched to the mound didn’t have any better luck finding the plate. Dana Gauruder, Detroit Free Press, "Tarik Skubal's 'lack of execution' catches up to him and the Detroit Tigers," 16 Apr. 2021 That can be just pure luck, getting a group of players willing to buy into the team thing. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Move over Warriors, Stanford's got next when it comes to having fun on the court," 4 Apr. 2021 In the big picture, what the Cavs need is lottery night luck. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, "NBA Roundtable: How NBA's March Madness is having an impact on title contenders," 31 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb When Arizona reached the Final Four for the first time in school history, Carson recalled how, four years ago, Wildcats coach Adia Barnes had blown up the group chat with other Black coaches, wishing each one of them luck in their tournament games. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Young coaches ready to pick up where the legends of the women's game left off," 1 Apr. 2021 There are a few insane guys that love to chase this reverse migration from Arkansas to Saskatchewan (when the border is open) and the rest of us are there to luck into a good shoot. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, "How to Be a Casual (and Ethical) Snow Goose Hunter," 18 Mar. 2021 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

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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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1 May 2021

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“Luck.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 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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