[ uhn-luhk-ee ]
/ ʌnˈlʌk i /

adjective, un·luck·i·er, un·luck·i·est.

(of a person) not lucky; lacking good fortune; ill-fated.
(of an event or circumstance) inauspicious or characterized by misfortune; ominous.

Origin of unlucky

First recorded in 1520–30; un-1 + lucky1
Related formsun·luck·i·ly, adverbun·luck·i·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for unlucky


/ (ʌnˈlʌkɪ) /


characterized by misfortune or failurean unlucky person; an unlucky chance
ill-omened; inauspiciousan unlucky date
regrettable; disappointing
British dialect causing trouble; mischievous
Derived Formsunluckily, adverbunluckiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unlucky



1520s, "marked by misfortune or failure," from un- (1) "not" + lucky. Cf. West Frisian unlokkich, Mliddle Low German unluckich. Sense of "boding ill" is recorded from 1540s; that of "having bad luck" is from 1550s; that of "bringing bad luck" is from 1580s.

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