luck

noun
\ 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

luck

verb
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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Other Words from luck

Noun

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for luck

Synonyms: Noun

fortunateness, fortune, luckiness

Antonyms: Noun

mischance, misfortune, unluckiness

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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

The magic sprays are sold in the United States, so weekend warriors are in luck. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Just what is in that ‘magic spray’ trainers use at the World Cup?," 13 July 2018 People looking for a piece of memorabilia or equipment for their own sports complex are in luck. Sheila Vilvens, Cincinnati.com, "Expressway Park hosts final event as FC Cincinnati prepares to move in," 6 July 2018 Folsom freelancers tired of calling a table at Starbucks their office are in luck – a new coworking space is opening this fall in their city. Adesuwa Agbonile, sacbee, "New space tailored to freelancers in the foothills: Coworking business to open in Folsom," 29 June 2018 Those who missed church Sunday were in luck, because church came to them on the Courthouse lawn Sunday evening. Michelle L. Quinn, Post-Tribune, "Gospel music fest lifts spirits, sheet music," 25 June 2018 Sadly, Justin hasn’t had the best of luck with pets in the past. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Justin and Hailey Bieber Adopt a Puppy Named Oscar," 23 Dec. 2018 There's a 60-minute guided tour of Montgomery's historic landmarks (sets off at 1 p.m. from the Universalist Church), plus games of luck, stilt walking, balloon artists, pony rides, face painting, putt putt golf, art projects and more for kids. Luann Gibbs, Cincinnati.com, "Top 5 events in Cincinnati this weekend," 13 July 2018 That’s a remarkable run that speaks to Republican focus on the court, tenacity and more than a small amount of luck. David Lauter, latimes.com, "Republican tenacity, focus and luck have cemented a conservative majority on the Supreme Court," 29 June 2018 Directed by Chris Robinson, the feature is a coming-of-age drama about a 17-year-old musical prodigy (Khalil Everage) who teams up with down-on-his-luck manager, played by Anderson. Essence.com, "The Quick Read: Missouri Woman Fired After Racist Video About “N-Word Hunting” Goes Viral," 12 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Still, Russian President Vladimir Putin has lucked out. John Leicester, chicagotribune.com, "Is this the best-ever World Cup?," 29 June 2018 Photo: Seth Wenig/Associated Press Uber lucked out with a conservative three-judge panel because the liberal Ninth Circuit frequently flouts Supreme Court precedent and attempts to rewrite law. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Silicon Valley’s Supreme Salvation," 26 Sep. 2018 The Fed created an easy-money environment and lucked out because prices didn’t rise rapidly. WSJ, "The Phillips Curve Isn’t a Good Monetary Tool," 31 May 2018 Willa Drake lucked out with her dad, Melvin, a gentle high school teacher. Laura Collins-hughes, BostonGlobe.com, "Waking up is hard to do," 13 July 2018 The red team lucked out, though, because the blue team completely fell apart. Tracy Swartz, chicagotribune.com, "South Loop contestant vows to win 'MasterChef' wedding challenge as team captain," 11 July 2018 The Scullys lucked out this year with leftovers from a graduation party the day before. Henry J. Morgan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "YMCA at Pabst Farms' fishing night offers people with disabilities a fun night on Okauchee Lake," 26 June 2018 Chicago Bulls, Trae Young, PG, Oklahoma, 6-2, 180 The Bulls luck out here. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "NBA Mock Draft 5.0: Mavs get two picks in the top 5? Let us explain," 20 June 2018 Soldado bludgeons its way into touchy border politics, and maybe lucks its way into a story focused on the moral imperative of protecting a single child. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "'Sicario: Day of the Soldado': On the border between action and exploitation," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of luck

Noun

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

Verb

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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luck

noun

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

luck

noun
\ 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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