luckier; luckiest
: having good luck
: happening by chance : fortuitous
: producing or resulting in good by chance : favorable
: seeming to bring good luck
a lucky rabbit's foot
luckiness noun
Choose the Right Synonym for lucky

lucky, fortunate, happy, providential mean meeting with unforeseen success.

lucky stresses the role of chance in bringing about a favorable result.

won because of a lucky bounce

fortunate suggests being rewarded beyond what one deserves.

fortunate in my investments

happy combines the implications of lucky and fortunate with stress on being blessed.

a series of happy accidents

providential more definitely implies the help or intervention of a higher power.

a providential change in the weather

Examples of lucky in a Sentence

We're lucky that things turned out as well as they did. I feel lucky to be alive. I count myself lucky to know you. “I managed to get a ticket!” “Lucky you! They were all sold out by the time I got there.” Tickets were available only for the lucky few. The lucky winner will be given a brand new car. I know you'll enjoy the show if you're lucky enough to get a ticket. He scored a goal on a lucky shot. Their meeting was a lucky accident.
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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

Time Traveler
The first known use of lucky was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Lucky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


luckier; luckiest
: favored by luck : fortunate
: producing a good result apparently by chance
a lucky hit
: seeming to bring good luck
a lucky coin
luckiness noun

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