- the force that seems to operate for good or ill in a person's life, as in shaping circumstances, events, or opportunities: With my luck I'll probably get pneumonia.
- good fortune; advantage or success, considered as the result of chance: He had no luck finding work.
- a combination of circumstances, events, etc., operating by chance to bring good or ill to a person: She's had nothing but bad luck all year.
- some object on which good fortune is supposed to depend: This rabbit's foot is my luck.
- luck into/onto, to meet, acquire, become, etc., by good luck: She lucked into a great job.
- luck out, to have an instance or run of exceptionally good luck: He lucked out when he made a hole in one during the tournament.
- luck upon, to come across by chance: to luck upon a profitable investment.
- down on one's luck, in unfortunate circumstances; unlucky: She hated to see her old friend so down on her luck.
- in luck, lucky; fortunate: We were in luck, for the bakery was still open.
- luck of the draw, the luck one has in or as if in drawing cards.
- out of luck, unlucky; unfortunate: When it comes to getting World Series tickets, we're usually out of luck.
- push one's luck, Informal. to try to make too much of an opportunity; go too far.Also crowd one's luck.
Origin of luck
- Polish name of Lutsk.
Examples from the Web for luck
The story follows a down on his luck family man named Bill Scanlon (Wes Bentley), who takes to stealing after losing his job.After The Fall: Introducing The Anti-Villain
December 21, 2014
Rick suggests a Woodbury-esque sneak attack on the hospital and lays out a meticulous strategy relying heavily on timing and luck.The Walking Dead’s ‘Crossed’: The Stage Is Now Set for a Bloody, Deadly Midseason Finale
November 24, 2014
The Danish Air Force, as luck would have it, had just the aircraft.The American Ebola Rescue Plan Hinges on One Company. Meet Phoenix.
November 22, 2014
As luck would have it, right in front of me were lawyers from the same firm representing the plaintiffs.RFRA Madness: What’s Next for Anti-Democratic ‘Religious Exemptions’
November 16, 2014
"We knew the chances and we knew that the statistics and luck were not necessarily in our favor," she said.How to Run a Statewide Campaign on $38
November 12, 2014
It would be a stroke of luck if I could stumble on one of his hiding places!Brave and Bold
And he was both to batter it down, for he still had the gambler's faith in his luck.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
He knows you're with us, and he knows our luck left us when you come.
How'll they know that it was luck—that my gun stuck in the holster—and that you jumped me on the draw?
Such, at least, was my luck when starting for my annual French tour in 1887.The Roof of France
- events that are beyond control and seem subject to chance; fortune
- success or good fortune
- something considered to bring good luck
- down on one's luck having little or no good luck to the point of suffering hardships
- no such luck informal unfortunately not
- try one's luck to attempt something that is uncertain
Word Origin and History for luck
late 15c. from early Middle Dutch luc, shortening of gheluc "happiness, good fortune," of unknown origin. It has cognates in Dutch geluk, Middle High German g(e)lücke, German Glück "fortune, good luck." Perhaps first borrowed in English as a gambling term. To be down on (one's) luck is from 1832; to be in luck is from 1900; to push (one's) luck is from 1911. Good luck as a salutation to one setting off to do something is from 1805. Expression better luck next time attested from 1802.
A gentleman was lately walking through St Giles's, where a levelling citizen attempting to pick his pocket of a handkerchief, which the gentleman caught in time, and secured, observing to the fellow, that he had missed his aim, the latter, with perfect sang-froid, answered, "better luck next time master." ["Monthly Mirror," London, 1802]
by 1945, from luck (n.). To luck out "succeed through luck" is American English colloquial, attested by 1946; to luck into (something good) is from 1944. However, lukken was a verb in Middle English (mid-15c.) meaning "to happen, chance;" also, "happen fortunately."