un·​luck·​i·​ly ˌən-ˈlə-kə-lē How to pronounce unluckily (audio)
: unfortunately
unluckily, it has a nasty way of turning to rainAmbrose Bierce
his ascent being unluckily a little out of the perpendicularT. L. Peacock

Examples of unluckily in a Sentence

Unluckily for her, it rained that day.
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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1530, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unluckily was circa 1530

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“Unluckily.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unluckily. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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