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 formsluck·less·ly, adverbluck·less·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for luckless

unlucky, doomed, hapless, hopeless, ill-fated, stricken, unfortunate

Examples from the Web for luckless

Contemporary Examples of luckless

Historical Examples of luckless

  • In theology, the state of a luckless mortal prenatally damned.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for luckless



having no luck; unlucky
Derived Formslucklessly, adverblucklessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for luckless

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

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