What does unlucky mean?

Definitions for unlucky
ʌnˈlʌk iun·luck·y

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word unlucky.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. unlucky, lucklessadjective

    having or bringing misfortune

    "Friday the 13th is an unlucky date"

  2. doomed, ill-fated, ill-omened, ill-starred, unluckyadjective

    marked by or promising bad fortune

    "their business venture was doomed from the start"; "an ill-fated business venture"; "an ill-starred romance"; "the unlucky prisoner was again put in irons"- W.H.Prescott


  1. unluckyadjective

    unfortunate, marked by misfortune

  2. unluckyadjective


  3. unluckyadjective

    having ill luck

  4. unluckyadjective

    bringing ill luck

  5. Etymology: From un- + lucky

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Unluckyadjective

    You may make an experiment often, without meeting with any of those unlucky accidents which make such experiments miscarry. Boyle.

    Then shall I you recount a rueful case,
    Said he; the which with this unlucky eye
    I late beheld. Fairy Queen, b. i.

    His friendship is counterfeit, seldome to trust;
    His doings unluckie, and ever unjust. Thomas Tusser.

    Why, cries an unlucky wag, a less bag might have served. Roger L'Estrange.

    A lad, th’ unluckiest of his crew,
    Was still contriving something bad, but new. King.

    When I appear, see you avoid the place,
    And haunt me not with that unlucky face. Dryden.


  1. unlucky

    Unlucky refers to experiencing or characterized by bad luck or unfortunate occurrences. It can also refer to someone or something that is deemed likely to bring misfortune or adversity.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Unluckyadjective

    not lucky; not successful; unfortunate; ill-fated; unhappy; as, an unlucky man; an unlucky adventure; an unlucky throw of dice; an unlucky game

  2. Unluckyadjective

    bringing bad luck; ill-omened; inauspicious

  3. Unluckyadjective

    mischievous; as, an unlucky wag

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Unlucky

    un-luk′i, adj. not lucky or fortunate: ill-omened.—adv. Unluck′ily, in an unlucky or unfortunate manner.—n. Unluck′iness, the state or quality of being unlucky or unfortunate.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of unlucky in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of unlucky in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of unlucky in a Sentence

  1. Peter Prevc:

    Even if you count all the distances and judge points from the unlucky ones on today’s competition, we should still be first so it’s still great.

  2. Rafael Nadal:

    He was very unlucky, the only thing that I am sure is he is going to win not one — much more than one. So I wish him all the best and a very fast recovery.

  3. Harry Kane:

    We are so unlucky not to go through in 90 minutes, no one laid on the floor and we stood there when it counted. It was a big night for England.

  4. Susan Hazzard:

    From what I’ve been told nandrolone is high … pig offal has high concentrations of nandrolone. This food truck that I happened to go to that night – I’ve eaten there a lot before – and this food truck serves pig offal as part of their menu and I think I happened to ingest this hormone and 10 hours later, at the peak of when it’s supposed to be in your body and your digesting it, I happened to get tested and honestly it’s a very unlucky series of events, i’m kinda blown away by what happened and I can't believe I’m going through this as a clean athlete.

  5. 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.

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