- (of a person) not lucky; lacking good fortune; ill-fated.
- (of an event or circumstance) inauspicious or characterized by misfortune; ominous.
Origin of unlucky
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hapless, unsuccessful, unfortunate, ill-omened.
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Examples from the Web for unlucky
At that unlucky moment, his call was being randomly screened.A Million Ways to Die in Prison
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And at the same time, I think I am unlucky when I look at how it all ended.Vilified Bitcoin Tycoon After Losing $500 Million: My Life Is at Risk
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“It was the least fortunate or unlucky place to be born female,” she said.The Life of Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo, the (Most Likely) Real 'Mona Lisa'
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As unlucky as Gama was to have been hit, he was incredibly lucky that neither bullet had pierced his skull into his brain.Easter Miracle in Brooklyn for Shooting Victim
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Unlucky fans and casual observers alike can still enjoy the NCAA tournament.The March Madness Teams to Cheer If Yours Got Bounced
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I am to be unlucky in all I do, I think, be my intentions ever so good.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Many a rod, I grieve to say, was worn to the stump on that unlucky night.Biographical Stories
It was profusely strewed with the plunder of that unlucky fortress.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
Still, anything was liable to happen when his unlucky star was in the ascendant.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
And Charley, unlucky Charley, had managed to get into hot water with the college school.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
- characterized by misfortune or failurean unlucky person; an unlucky chance
- ill-omened; inauspiciousan unlucky date
- regrettable; disappointing
- British dialect causing trouble; mischievous
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Word Origin and History for unlucky
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