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[luhk-lis] /ˈlʌk lɪs/
having no luck; unfortunate; hapless; ill-fated; turning out or ending disastrously:
a luckless venture that ruined many of the investors.
Origin of luckless
First recorded in 1555-65; luck + -less
Related forms
lucklessly, adverb
lucklessness, noun Unabridged
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  • In theology, the state of a luckless mortal prenatally damned.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • I have, indeed, been the luckless victim of wayward follies; but, alas!

  • Mishap, desertion, and shipwreck pursued the luckless commander.

    Introductory American History Henry Eldridge Bourne
  • So the luckless Harold was hauled out of bed and given his sailing-orders.

    The Golden Age Kenneth Grahame
  • From this extremity there is but one means of escape, and one alone, for the luckless prisoner.

    The Sportsman Xenophon
  • And when the luckless jam was washed from my face 'Richard was himself again.'

    Pretty Madcap Dorothy Laura Jean Libbey
  • To retreat at all is humiliation, but to retreat as this luckless army did was agony.

British Dictionary definitions for luckless


having no luck; unlucky
Derived Forms
lucklessly, adverb
lucklessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for luckless

1560s, from luck (n.) + -less. Related: Lucklessly; lucklessness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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