- the part of an anchor that catches in the ground, especially the flat triangular piece at the end of each arm.
- a barb, or the barbed head, of a harpoon, spear, arrow, or the like.
- either half of the triangular tail of a whale.
Origin of fluke1
- an accidental advantage; stroke of good luck: He got the job by a fluke.
- an accident or chance happening.
- an accidentally successful stroke, as in billiards.
Origin of fluke2
- any of several American flounders of the genus Paralichthys, especially P. dentatus, found in the Atlantic Ocean.
- any of various other flatfishes.
- a trematode.
Origin of fluke3
Examples from the Web for fluke
In 1989, a newly registered Republican in Louisiana named David Duke won his only election by a fluke.The Louisiana Racists Who Courted Steve Scalise
January 3, 2015
“Sandra Fluke Aborts Congressional Bid,” read another headline on Breitbart after Fluke opted to run instead for the state Senate.
From the moment the word was out that Fluke was considering a run for office, she was the subject of right-wing side-eye.
Having her as our guest was a fluke of Divine Order and a true example of Ask and You shall receive.Common: Maya Angelou ‘Touched My Soul’
May 31, 2014
It was a chance occurrence, something of a fluke, but it was meant to be.Sandi Thom On How To Make It As A Female Rock Star
April 9, 2014
He doesn't seem to know me at all, and I believe his shot at me by way of my father was a fluke.The Eternal City
Jenkins was reliable, usually, and hadn't come up with a fluke yet.Pleasant Journey
Richard F. Thieme
This time there could be no fluke, for the great Red McGloin was up on the favorite.
He was to ride; ride the winner of the last Carter, the winner of a fluke race.
He is most awfully rich, too, and he came into his money quite by a fluke.The Adventurous Seven
- Also called: flue a flat bladelike projection at the end of the arm of an anchor
- either of the two lobes of the tail of a whale or related animal
- Also called: flue the barb or barbed head of a harpoon, arrow, etc
- an accidental stroke of luck
- any chance happening
- (tr) to gain, make, or hit by a fluke
- any parasitic flatworm, such as the blood fluke and liver fluke, of the classes Monogenea and Digenea (formerly united in a single class Trematoda)
- another name for flounder 2 (def. 1)
Word Origin and History for fluke
"flat end of an arm of an anchor," 1560s, perhaps from fluke (n.3) on resemblance of shape, or from Low German flügel "wing." Meaning "whale's tail" (in plural, flukes) is 1725.
"lucky stroke, chance hit," 1857, originally a lucky shot at billiards, of uncertain origin.
"flatfish," Old English floc "flatfish," related to Old Norse floke "flatfish," flak "disk, floe" (see flake (n.)). The parasite worm (1660s) so called from resemblance of shape.
- Either of the two flattened fins of a whale's tail.
- See trematode.