unlucky

[ 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.

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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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