un·​luck·​i·​ly | \ ˌən-ˈlə-kə-lē \

Definition of unluckily

: unfortunately unluckily, it has a nasty way of turning to rain— Ambrose Bierce his ascent being unluckily a little out of the perpendicular— T. L. Peacock

Examples of unluckily in a Sentence

Unluckily for her, it rained that day.

Recent Examples on the Web

But unluckily for Michiganders, they're known to travel to states outside of their normal regions. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "5 of Michigan's scariest-looking spiders: What to know," 25 June 2018 Hakan Calhanoglu also came close to stealing the lead for Milan, blasting one from several yards out following a breakaway, but his shot unluckily cannoned off the crossbar. SI.com, "Juventus 3-1 Milan: Cuadrado & Khedira Break Rossoneri Hearts With Late Stunners at the Allianz," 31 Mar. 2018 MILAN — A certain amount of anticipation had built up among the spectators invited to experience Alessandro Sartori’s debut as the artistic director at Ermenegildo Zegna on a cold Friday, which happened to fall — luckily or unluckily — on the 13th. Guy Trebay, New York Times, "For Zegna, a Debut Amid Weighty Monuments," 15 Jan. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'unluckily.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of unluckily

circa 1530, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about unluckily

Statistics for unluckily

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for unluckily

The first known use of unluckily was circa 1530

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on unluckily

Spanish Central: Translation of unluckily

Nglish: Translation of unluckily for Spanish Speakers

Comments on unluckily

What made you want to look up unluckily? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to express emotion in a dramatic way

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What did you just call me?! A Quiz

  • rows-of-various-emoji
  • If a member of the audience describes your speech as bombastic, does that person mean it is:
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!