What does luck mean?

Definitions for luck

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fortune, destiny, fate, luck, lot, circumstances, portionnoun

    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, hazardnoun

    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, fortunenoun

    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. lucknoun

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

  2. lucknoun

    A superstitious feeling that brings fortune or success.

  3. lucknoun


  4. luckverb

    To succeed by chance

    His plan lucked out.

  5. luckverb

    To rely on luck.

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

  6. luckverb

    To carry out relying on luck.

    Our plan is to luck it through.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Lucknoun

    Etymology: geluck, Dutch.

    He forc’d his neck into a nooze,
    To shew his play at fast and loose;
    And when he chanc’d t’ escape, mistook
    For art and subtlety, his luck. Hudibras.

    Some such method may be found by human industry or luck, by which compound bodies may be resolved into other substances than they are divided into by the fire. Boyle.

    Glad of such luck the luckless lucky maid,
    A long time with that savage people staid,
    To gather breath in many miseries. Edmund Spenser.

    Farewel, good Salisbury, and good luck go with thee. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    I did demand what news from Shrewsbury.
    He told me, that rebellion had ill luck,
    And that young Harry Percy’s spur was cold. William Shakespeare.

    That part of mankind who have had the justice, or the luck, to pass, in common opinion, for the wisest, have followed a very different scent. William Temple.

    Such, how highly soever they may have the luck to be thought of, are far from being Israelites indeed. South.

    The guests are found too num’rous for the treat,
    But all, it seems, who had the luck to eat,
    Swear they ne’er tasted more delicious meat. Nahum Tate, Juv.


  1. Luck

    Luck is a song written by Zachary Barnett, David Rublin, Matthew Sanchez and James Shelley of American indie rock band American Authors, co-written with producers Aaron Accetta and Shep Goodman. The song was originally recorded for their debut extended play, American Authors, and appears as the third track on the EP. The track later appeared as the fourth track on their debut studio album Oh, What a Life. The song was released by Island Records in Canada as a one-track single on March 3, 2014, becoming the fourth single by the band and the second release promoting Oh, What a Life, after "Trouble".


  1. luck

    Luck is the phenomenon or belief where an individual's experiences are determined by chance or random occurrences, resulting in good or bad outcomes that appear to be beyond their control. It is often associated with events that seem to happen by accident and are not the direct result of one's own actions or choices.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lucknoun

    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. Etymology: [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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. luckverb

    Sound produced to manipulate objects as a constant uppercase in a formula or equation. 1.) Success or failure apparently brought by a chance rather than through one's own actions.

    It's a small chance to have luck when your only a number indulging in a staged act.

    Etymology: Chosen

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on March 4, 2024  

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  1. LUCK

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. LUCK

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Luck is ranked #5765 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Luck surname appeared 6,008 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Luck.

    83.9% or 5,042 total occurrences were White.
    9.4% or 565 total occurrences were Black.
    2.4% or 145 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.1% or 130 total occurrences were Asian.
    1.8% or 108 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.3% or 18 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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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

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  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

Examples of luck in a Sentence

  1. Rick Gorka:

    The President has record support amongst Republicans, so I would remind candidates that they need the President supporters, they need The President voters to show up for them in the polls, and to be perfectly blunt, if The President is going to win, you have a good chance of winning. If you're going to try to break with The President and thread a needle, good luck with that.

  2. Hugh Hefner:

    I love Holly very much and I think we're going to be together the rest of my life, but marriage isn't part of my puzzle. It's not a personal thing; I just haven't had much luck with marriages.

  3. Andre Burakovsky:

    I think I was creating before, too. I got chances but maybe a little bit unlucky, didn’t bounce my way, if you look at my goal, it hit the (defenseman’s) stick and went five-hole. Luck turned a little bit.

  4. Marc Patterson:

    To be honest, I think it was just really bad luck.

  5. Sami Steigmann:

    Being so young, a year and a half, I obviously could not work. And most of the kids did not survive, so if you will ask any survivor ‘how come you are alive today,’ everybody will use only one word, and that is ‘luck.’.

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    the largest tarsal bone; forms the human heel
    A macron
    B profaneness
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