Definition of fluky in US English:


(also flukey)


  • Obtained or achieved more by chance than skill.

    ‘a fluky goal’
    • ‘To lose to a flukey goal like that is disappointing but that's how it's going for us at present.’
    • ‘It was kind of a fluky goal, and I never thought it would end up going to me.’
    • ‘Generally speaking, the players gave it a good shot and it was a fluky second goal.’
    • ‘Those warriors deserve a better fate than being beaten by a fluky field goal.’
    • ‘Few things grate a Canadian hockey fan more than seeing one of our national teams lose to an American team, especially when the game was decided by a lousy, fluky goal.’
    • ‘And there was nothing flukey about the results obtained.’
    • ‘It was as neat and as well-worked a Hibs' goal was flukey, and summed up the difference between the teams.’
    • ‘This is a flukey find: an obscure album I picked up in a student union market.’
    • ‘Erratic players are punished for their disasters in addition to being rewarded for their fluky strokes of fortune.’
    • ‘Two fluky goals is not enough to set this great team aside.’
    • ‘It so happens that I am the kind of flukey swine that lucks into opportunities, so I've had the chance to recognize that potential in myself and at least start to work on it.’
    • ‘Even so, it's the fluky, once-in-a-lifetime accidents that keep us up at night, and it's the survivors' ingenuity - not their errors - that leaves the most lasting impression.’
    • ‘Perfection made an encore appearance on the 16th at Augusta National three days later; not as a fluky hole-in-one, but in the form of a magnificent chipped-in birdie up the slope.’
    • ‘There are no flukey wins, no lucky 1-0 victories where an outclassed side gets a break and then spends the rest of the game defending it.’
    • ‘‘It has happened too many times to be fluky,’ Burgess said.’
    • ‘Early on in the game, you're more likely to get a fluky hit that won't hurt so much.’
    • ‘Indeed, one of the home side's best chances was another one of those flukey affairs that on another day might have produced a bizarre goal.’
    • ‘Heart aside, this isn't some fluky run - okay, it was clearly a fluke that they beat the Canucks - but since then they've taken the toughest route to the Cup of any team in years.’
    • ‘For the record, they won, with a spectacular, but flukey, 25 yard shot.’
    lucky, fortunate, providential, timely, opportune, serendipitous, expedient, heaven-sent, auspicious, propitious, felicitous, convenient, apt
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