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Definitions for unlucky
ʌnˈlʌk iun·luck·y

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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.

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. Sayeed(life):

    There is always a unlucky person behind a lucky person or the lucky person can not be lucky.

  2. Max Verstappen:

    I think it's still going to be hard, we need a bit of luck as well for that, but I will give everything. Of course we had some really unlucky results but... they( Ferrari) should have been miles ahead of us over the whole year.

  3. Josep Lluis Cusido:

    After they entered the museum. I saw their faces: They were about 10 meters away from me, i managed to hide behind a pillar, there were unlucky people who they killed right there.

  4. Rothschild:

    Never have anything to do with an unlucky place, or an unlucky man. I have seen many clever men, very clever men, who had not shoes to their feet. I never act with them. Their advice sounds very well, but they cannot get on themselves; and if they cannot do good to themselves, how can they do good for me?

  5. Donald Trump:

    It certainly seems to be unlucky to attack me.

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