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[luhk-ee] /ˈlʌk i/
adjective, luckier, luckiest.
having or marked by good luck; fortunate:
That was my lucky day.
happening fortunately:
a lucky accident.
bringing or foretelling good luck, or supposed to do so:
a lucky penny.
Origin of lucky1
First recorded in 1495-1505; luck + -y1
Related forms
luckiness, noun
1. favored. 3. auspicious, propitious, favorable.
1. unfortunate.
Synonym Study
1. See fortunate. Unabridged
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  • She was luckier than her colleague La Rouche, who was far too good-natured with people.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • Don't you think some men are luckier than others, Mr. Ferguson?

    The Young Miner Horatio Alger, Jr.
  • "It would 'a' been luckier if they hadn't hit him at all, Quint," answered Jumbo dryly.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • Evidently the last numbers had been carried off by luckier travellers.

    The Triumph Of Night Edith Wharton
  • She was luckier than the Dutchman, as we got a breeze off the land about an hour after I boarded her.

    For Treasure Bound Harry Collingwood
British Dictionary definitions for luckier


adjective luckier, luckiest
having or bringing good fortune
happening by chance, esp as desired
Derived Forms
luckily, adverb
luckiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for luckier



mid-15c., of persons; 1540s, of actions or objects, "likely to bring luck;" from luck + -y (2). Meaning "occurring by chance" is 1590s. Related: Luckier; luckiest; luckiness. Lucky break is attested from 1884 in billiards; 1872 as "failure or break-down which turns out to be fortunate." Lucky Strike as the name of a brand of cigarettes (originally chewing tobacco) popular mid-20c. is said to date from 1871; popular from 1935 when the brand’s maker picked up sponsorship of "Your Hit Parade" on radio.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with luckier
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