un·​lucky | \ ˌən-ˈlə-kē How to pronounce unlucky (audio) \

Definition of unlucky

1 : marked by adversity or failure an unlucky year
2 : likely to bring misfortune : inauspicious an unlucky number
3 : having or meeting with misfortune unlucky people
4 : producing dissatisfaction : regrettable

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Other Words from unlucky

unluckiness \ ˌən-​ˈlə-​kē-​nəs How to pronounce unluckiness (audio) \ noun

Examples of unlucky in a Sentence

She was unlucky enough to get a flat tire on the way to her job interview. Some people think that 13 is an unlucky number. He thinks it's unlucky to have a black cat cross your path.
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Well, one unlucky person from East Lyme is the first state resident to contract the disease this season. courant.com, "Sept. 17, 2019: No bugs were harmed in the making of this newsletter," 17 Sep. 2019 On the ground, Abaco was at the time one of the most unlucky, unsafe places in the hemisphere. Reis Thebault, Anchorage Daily News, "A storm chaser went silent as Dorian slammed the Bahamas. He emerged with a harrowing story.," 4 Sep. 2019 This was an unlucky doctor who worked in a coastal town with an elderly population. Hannah Fry, The New Yorker, "What Statistics Can and Can’t Tell Us About Ourselves," 2 Sep. 2019 Three unlucky Americans seek gold in Mexico, agreeing beforehand to split it equally. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 1 - 7, 2019: John Wayne in ‘The Searchers’ and more," 30 Aug. 2019 As for who that unlucky victim may be, many seem to think that all roads lead to Billy. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, ""Stranger Things" 3 Trailer Sparks Theories About a New Villain with a Human Host," 21 June 2019 Lucky for some, unlucky for others as Golden Buzzer winning rapper Joseph Allen, singer Charlotte Summers and Nick & Lindsay were among those eliminated after Tuesday night’s quarters. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "'America's Got Talent' Semi-Finalists Revealed," 22 Aug. 2019 However, Tilley was unlucky in love again, finishing in fifth place, while Fletcher ended as the runner-up. Christina Dugan, PEOPLE.com, "Former Bachelorette JoJo Fletcher Admits She's 'Blown Away' by Tyler Cameron Dating Gigi Hadid," 8 Aug. 2019 The censorship crackdown, naturally, has battered the bottom lines of several unlucky local film companies — none more so than Huayi Brothers Media, China's longest-running private studio. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, "China's Tightening Censorship Is Making a Bad Box Office Year Even Worse," 16 July 2019

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First Known Use of unlucky

circa 1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of unlucky was circa 1530

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English Language Learners Definition of unlucky

: having bad luck
: causing bad luck
: resulting from bad luck


un·​lucky | \ ˌən-ˈlə-kē How to pronounce unlucky (audio) \
unluckier; unluckiest

Kids Definition of unlucky

1 : not fortunate : having bad luck He's been unlucky in love.
2 : marked by bad luck or failure an unlucky day
3 : likely to bring misfortune Are black cats really unlucky?
4 : causing distress or regret … she couldn't ignore the throbbing soreness in her thumb where the thorn had left its unlucky mark.— Pam Muñoz Ryan, Esperanza Rising

Other Words from unlucky

unluckily \ -​ˈlək-​ə-​lē \ adverb

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