What does luck mean?

Definitions for lucklʌk

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word luck.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. fortune, destiny, fate, luck, lot, circumstances, portion(noun)

    your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you)

    "whatever my fortune may be"; "deserved a better fate"; "has a happy lot"; "the luck of the Irish"; "a victim of circumstances"; "success that was her portion"

  2. luck, fortune, chance, hazard(noun)

    an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that causes an event to result one way rather than another

    "bad luck caused his downfall"; "we ran into each other by pure chance"

  3. luck, fortune(noun)

    an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that leads to a favorable outcome

    "it was my good luck to be there"; "they say luck is a lady"; "it was as if fortune guided his hand"


  1. luck(Noun)

    Something that happens to someone by chance, a chance occurrence.

  2. luck(Noun)

    A superstitious feeling that brings fortune or success.

  3. luck(Noun)


  4. luck(Verb)

    To succeed by chance

    His plan lucked out.

  5. luck(Verb)

    To rely on luck.

    No plan. We're just to going to have to luck through.

  6. luck(Verb)

    To carry out relying on luck.

    Our plan is to luck it through.

  7. Origin: From luk, lukke, related to luk, gelok, geluk, luk, Glück, lykke, lycka, lukka.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Luck(noun)

    that which happens to a person; an event, good or ill, affecting one's interests or happiness, and which is deemed casual; a course or series of such events regarded as occurring by chance; chance; hap; fate; fortune; often, one's habitual or characteristic fortune; as, good, bad, ill, or hard luck. Luck is often used for good luck; as, luck is better than skill

  2. Origin: [Akin to D. luk, geluk, G. glck, Icel. lukka, Sw. lycka, Dan. lykke, and perh. to G. locken to entice. Cf. 3d Gleck.]


  1. Luck

    Luck or chance is an event which occurs beyond one's control, without regard to one's will, intention, or desired result. There are at least two senses people usually mean when they use the term, the prescriptive sense and the descriptive sense. In the prescriptive sense, luck is a supernatural and deterministic concept that there are forces which prescribe that certain events occur very much the way laws of physics will prescribe that certain events occur. It is the prescriptive sense that people mean when they say they "do not believe in luck". In the descriptive sense, luck is a word people give after the occurrence of events which they find to be fortuitous or unfortuitous, and maybe improbable. Cultural views of luck vary from perceiving luck as a matter of random chance to attributing to such explanations of faith or superstition. For example, the Romans believed in the embodiment of luck as the goddess Fortuna, while the philosopher Daniel Dennett believes that "luck is mere luck" rather than a property of a person or thing. Carl Jung viewed luck as synchronicity, which he described as "a meaningful coincidence". Lucky symbols are popular worldwide and take many forms.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Luck

    luk, n. fortune, good or bad: chance: lot: good fortune.—adv. Luck′ily.—n. Luck′iness.—adj. Luck′less, without good luck: unhappy.—adv. Luck′lessly.—ns. Luck′lessness; Luck′-penn′y, a trifle returned for luck by a seller to a buyer: a coin carried for luck.—adj. Luck′y, having good luck: auspicious.—n. Luck′y-bag, a receptacle for lost property on board a man-of-war.—Be down on one's luck, to be unfortunate. [From a Low Ger. root, seen in Dut. luk; cf. Ger. glück, prosperity.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'luck' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3248

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'luck' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2259

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'luck' in Nouns Frequency: #1338


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of luck in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of luck in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Don Schula:

    Sure, luck means a lot in football. Not having a good quarterback is bad luck.

  2. Franklin Delano Roosevelt:

    I think we consider too much the good luck of the early bird, and not enough the bad luck of the early worm.

  3. Chris Cuomo:

    I somehow stumbled through and became a governor, i’ve told you that story. It was all luck. Luck and nothing else.

  4. David J. Schwartz:

    Luck take a second look at what appears to be someone's good luck. You'll find not luck but preparation, planning, and success-producing thinking.

  5. Lucille Ball:

    I don't know anything about luck. I've never banked on it, and I'm afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else hard work and realizing what is opportunity and what isn't.

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