un·​luck·​i·​ly | \ ˌən-ˈlə-kə-lē How to pronounce unluckily (audio) \

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 Former college friends Margaret Bellefuil, Jean Albrecht, and Jodi Campbell reunited for a two-day trip to St. Helena that unluckily coincided with the shut-off. Evan Sernoffsky, SFChronicle.com, "Earthquakes, fires, blackouts: Napa vineyard hit hard — again," 10 Oct. 2019 In Melbourne Nishikori contested three five-setters, then unluckily drew tournament king Djokovic. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal one win away from Wimbledon rematch," 9 July 2019 And unluckily for Thiem, Nadal is playing his best tennis of the current clay swing. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Disgruntled Novak Djokovic exits French Open to end grand slam winning streak," 8 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of unluckily

circa 1530, in the meaning defined above

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“Unluckily.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unluckily. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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