unlucky

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adjective un·lucky \ˌən-ˈlə-kē\

Definition of unlucky

  1. 1 :  marked by adversity or failure an unlucky year

  2. 2 :  likely to bring misfortune :  inauspicious an unlucky number

  3. 3 :  having or meeting with misfortune unlucky people

  4. 4 :  producing dissatisfaction :  regrettable

unluckiness

play \ˌən-ˈlə-kē-nəs\ noun

Examples of unlucky in a Sentence

  1. She was unlucky enough to get a flat tire on the way to her job interview.

  2. Some people think that 13 is an unlucky number.

  3. He thinks it's unlucky to have a black cat cross your path.

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First Known Use of unlucky

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UNLUCKY Defined for English Language Learners

unlucky

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adjective

Definition of unlucky for English Language Learners

  • : having bad luck

  • : causing bad luck

  • : resulting from bad luck


UNLUCKY Defined for Kids

unlucky

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adjective un·lucky \ˌən-ˈlə-kē\

Definition of unlucky for Students

unluckier

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unluckiest

  1. 1 :  not fortunate :  having bad luck He's been unlucky in love.

  2. 2 :  marked by bad luck or failure an unlucky day

  3. 3 :  likely to bring misfortune Are black cats really unlucky?

  4. 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

unluckily

\-ˈlək-ə-lē\ adverb


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