Definition of luckless in English:



  • Having bad luck; unfortunate.

    ‘an osprey seized the luckless fish with its talons’
    • ‘On luckless occasions my protestations that dancing might aggravate an old shrapnel wound have been overruled, and I have been dragged out onto the dance floor.’
    • ‘St John's continued their good form in Men's Three with a 6-3 away win over luckless Terry's.’
    • ‘Poetry, being one of those luckless art forms whose practitioners remain in constant danger of outnumbering their audience, is rarely news.’
    • ‘But few policyholders will find themselves in the perilous state shared by her luckless investors.’
    • ‘Just a few metres away from where most of the crashes have happened is a deep, open drain, certain to present a luckless driver with anything but a soft landing.’
    • ‘Stirling County will remember their last match of this season after scoring seven touchdowns in their relegation consigning job on luckless Peebles.’
    • ‘It's mind-boggling to think that, a mere four years before, Hendrix had been a luckless session player.’
    • ‘The latest injury to the luckless Henderson is a huge blow for the player.’
    • ‘As the train stayed stubbornly put, she began mentally to sketch out a story about a luckless orphan who became a wizarding hero.’
    • ‘Bernie is the quintessential ironic protagonist, the luckless man.’
    • ‘Before that I'd been living directly opposite, in a luckless bivouac best forgotten, sharing with two couples.’
    • ‘But in a new twist a witness has come forward and identified the van in which the kidnappers were driving when they nabbed the luckless straw man.’
    • ‘He was living in New York by that stage, opening one luckless restaurant after another and putting on weight, but still attracting young women.’
    • ‘She remains, as she always has been, a pleasant, thoughtful young woman, but the luckless Schnyder found her in mean mood.’
    • ‘In the end a battling and luckless second half by the Kildare lads was not enough to atone for their first half defensive lapses and the champions held out for a hard earned victory.’
    • ‘As you leave the wreck, look out for squid hovering on the edge of your boat's pool of light, waiting for luckless fish who are also attracted by the glare.’
    • ‘A freak goal 10 minutes from time consigned luckless Lancaster City to a sixth successive league defeat at Giant Axe on Saturday.’
    • ‘As the sun beat down on Sicily last summer, there was the traditional water shortage and the luckless residents of Palermo knew who to blame.’
    • ‘He has since suffered a luckless defeat at Newcastle, meeting trouble in running and being denied a clear run until it was too late to finish any closer than fifth in a big field.’
    • ‘If you get some chain letter that's threatening to leave you hairless or luckless for the rest of your life, delete it!’
    unlucky, unfortunate, unsuccessful, out of luck, down on one's luck, jinxed, cursed, doomed, hapless, ill-fated, ill-starred, star-crossed
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