Dictionary.com

unlucky

[ uhn-luhk-ee ]
/ ʌnˈlʌk i /
Save This Word!

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.

VIDEO FOR UNLUCKY

Four Reasons Why Friday The 13th Is Unlucky

There are many theories as to why Friday the 13th is considered an unlucky day. Fortunately, there aren't 13 of them. Aside from that whole horror movie thing, there are some old reasons why this day has inspired so many superstitions.

MORE VIDEOS FROM DICTIONARY.COM
QUIZ
FIRE UP YOUR VOCAB FOR A "RED" SYNONYMS QUIZ
No fire engine reds here, only a fierce collection of vibrant words for the color red to test yourself on.
Question 1 of 7
What does "amaranth" mean?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of unlucky

First recorded in 1520–30; un-1 + lucky1

OTHER WORDS FROM unlucky

un·luck·i·ly, adverbun·luck·i·ness, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use unlucky in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for unlucky

unlucky
/ (ʌnˈlʌkɪ) /

adjective
characterized by misfortune or failurean unlucky person; an unlucky chance
ill-omened; inauspiciousan unlucky date
regrettable; disappointing
British dialect causing trouble; mischievous

Derived forms of unlucky

unluckily, adverbunluckiness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK