unlucky

[ uhn-luhk-ee ]
/ ʌnˈlʌk i /

WATCH NOW: Four Reasons Why Friday The 13th Is Unlucky

WATCH NOW: 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.

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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

OTHER WORDS FROM unlucky

un·luck·i·ly, adverbun·luck·i·ness, noun
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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
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