Definition of unlucky in English:



  • Having, bringing, or resulting from bad luck.

    ‘an unlucky defeat’
    [with infinitive] ‘the visitors were unlucky to have a goal disallowed’
    • ‘If your middle name is unlucky, you may never get that far before the next season's floods arrive.’
    • ‘They will probably feel a bit unlucky they did not defeat Warrington last weekend.’
    • ‘Brady was unlucky to lose his first fight, but won the next two before losing in the semi final to take bronze.’
    • ‘One was to tell me how unlucky I was not to have been selected and the other was to invite me to attend for interview.’
    • ‘Sersea was unlucky at the start of the final period when the puck rung against the pipes and shot back into play.’
    • ‘There was a much improved performance and we were unlucky not to get at least a draw.’
    • ‘It might be unlucky for some, but the Reebok hit man is aiming to hit 13 this season.’
    • ‘McFadden's character is unlucky in love and a nasty piece of work because of it.’
    • ‘Now I come to think of it, Hampden Park has been rather an unlucky ground for me.’
    • ‘One man I thought was unlucky not to make any of the trips was Kent's David Fulton.’
    • ‘The worst case scenario is when you are unlucky enough to have someone you love or your family murdered.’
    • ‘He was in the tent with the unlucky ones and it was only after 40 minutes or so that he put them out of their misery.’
    • ‘Steeton reserves were unlucky to go down to a one goal defeat at league leaders Bay Athletic.’
    • ‘Howarth was unlucky to see his attempted clearance cannon back off the winger.’
    • ‘Marton cum Grafton were unlucky not to share the points in their home game with Hemingbrough.’
    • ‘Matt Bianco was also unlucky when he faced Scottish champion Ian Mathison in a return bout.’
    • ‘It was a bold gesture because they have both preciously been unlucky in love.’
    • ‘Pool gave a debut to ex-Yew Tree striker Ben Kelly but he was unable to prevent an unlucky defeat.’
    • ‘The Big Brother housemates have chosen two unlucky plebs who face eviction on Friday.’
    • ‘The visitors were unlucky to see Alan Inns have a shot cleared off the line and Currie head against a post.’
    unfortunate, luckless, out of luck, down on one's luck, hapless, ill-fated, ill-starred, star-crossed, blighted, unhappy, unsuccessful, wretched, miserable, poor, pitiful
    unfavourable, unpromising, inauspicious, unpropitious, ominous, doomed, jinxed, damned, cursed, ill-fated, ill-omened, bringing bad luck, adverse, disadvantageous, unfortunate, detrimental, deleterious, ruinous
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