Definition of lucky in US English:



  • Having, bringing, or resulting from good luck.

    ‘you had a very lucky escape’
    ‘three's my lucky number’
    • ‘She felt so lucky to be the one able to have this son.’
    • ‘Only a few people are lucky enough to find their soulmates.’
    • ‘But he thinks himself lucky in a way.’
    • ‘I am one of those lucky few, who could have played any sport.’
    • ‘I don't know how I got so lucky to get a girlfriend like you.’
    • ‘We are lucky to live in a democracy and should not waste this opportunity.’
    • ‘And I was extremely lucky to escape without any injuries.’
    • ‘Many anglers are lucky to catch one or two fish per season.’
    • ‘My mother was one of the lucky few who looked gorgeous when they cried.’
    • ‘We've been lucky with the weather, but there's no way it's going to hold.’
    • ‘If I'm lucky enough to survive I will probably be wheelchair-bound by then.’
    • ‘I never was lucky in love and I thought that you were the one.’
    • ‘Such sights make us guys realise how lucky we are after all.’
    • ‘But talking to Tomas, I realise how incredibly lucky I am.’
    • ‘If you've never heard that song, count yourself incredibly lucky.’
    • ‘Bands should think themselves lucky to achieve such heights just once in their careers.’
    • ‘A lucky few have mosquito nets and under each of them huddle several athletes.’
    • ‘The mistake is quickly discovered, but the soldier counts himself incredibly lucky.’
    • ‘See, it's times like these when I realise how lucky I am.’
    • ‘But a lot of people here, you know, they feel pretty lucky just to get that.’
    fortunate, in luck, blessed, blessed with good luck, favoured, born under a lucky star, charmed
    providential, fortunate, advantageous, timely, opportune, serendipitous, expedient, heaven-sent, auspicious, propitious, felicitous, convenient, apt
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  • get lucky

    • 1informal Experience good luck.

      ‘if you're flying into Toronto from the south you might get lucky and see Niagara Falls’
      ‘we got lucky with the weather’
      • ‘Success, he explains, boils down to being smart enough to know when you're getting lucky, then grabbing the opportunity.’
      • ‘I kind of fell into Web design while studying marketing and somehow got lucky, to be honest.’
      • ‘Just days before the midterm elections, a handful of Republican candidates got lucky.’
      • ‘When people get lucky in business, they are often convinced that it is not luck at all that brought them good fortune.’
      • ‘My daughter tried twice to get us tickets and we couldn't believe it when she got lucky.’
      • ‘Attackers run random numbers through the system, and occasionally get lucky.’
      • ‘Often, it is pretty easy to spot the upcoming publishing industry trends, and you may just get lucky if your work tallies with the popular publications at the time.’
      • ‘Pundits will get lucky from time to time of course, but luck tends to run out eventually.’
      • ‘I got lucky the very first morning I went looking for office space.’
      • ‘Okay, you might get lucky and win a decent prize (by matching five or more numbers), but the odds are massively stacked against you.’
      • ‘They might get lucky and spot some of the wildlife which lives in the area.’
      • ‘You guys got lucky this weekend - didn't see much of a snowstorm.’
      1. 1.1Have sex, especially in the context of a casual encounter.
        ‘that girl definitely gave you the eye—you might get lucky tonight!’
        • ‘On another occasion, she claimed her boss publicly humiliated her by saying she might "get lucky" at a wedding and wake up next to someone.’
        • ‘Yep, first night-time date and maybe, just maybe I'll get lucky too.’
        • ‘Hey, it's not my fault Mike's getting lucky tonight.’
        • ‘If Shawn got lucky (which he normally did every night), his cell was probably turned off to keep it from ringing at the wrong moment.’
        • ‘You led me on, told me that I'd get lucky with you tonight.’
        • ‘Next time you're planning a big night out, remember these tips and hopefully you'll get lucky.’
        • ‘"I see you got lucky last night," she mumbled as she passed into the kitchen.’
        • ‘I don't know ... maybe he's getting lucky with a cheerleader by Crystal Lake?’
        • ‘The horror half of the story isn't as prominent, with the occasional chase through the dark woods at night, or the girls stabbing some poor guy who thinks he's about to get lucky.’
  • lucky devil (or lucky you, her, etc.)

    • Used to express envy at someone else's good fortune.

      • ‘Yes, lucky you, you who glide through the chaos of the world like the pope in his popemobile.’
      • ‘So what are you waiting for, you lucky devil?’
      • ‘Just heard that Greg is going to London next April for work - lucky him.’
      • ‘Paulina loves you! You lucky devil, you!’
      • ‘Several brave souls dressed up to celebrate the occasion, and lucky you, you get to meet four of them.’
      • ‘If he gets off to negative publicity, well, lucky him.’
      • ‘And hey, lucky you, they want to send it through your bank account and give you a commission.’
  • you (or he etc.) should be so lucky

    • Used to imply in an ironic or resigned way that someone's wishes or expectations are unlikely to be fulfilled.

      ‘“Moving in?” “You should be so lucky.”’
      • ‘No, it wasn't a robot that wrote the column last week - I should be so lucky - but that's a good guess.’
      • ‘How I envy your ability to get over things and move on. I should be so lucky.’
      • ‘The differences are more significant - he was hugely popular, massively beloved, a Minnesota cultural icon, and I should be so lucky.’
      • ‘Of course, I should be so lucky as to make 30 money-losing films.’
      • ‘You're a good man, and she should be so lucky as to get to keep you!’
      • ‘He will have to have his ministerial warrant renewed after the next election, if he should be so lucky.’
      • ‘He goes swimming every day - I should be so lucky - and it's on my nickel.’
      • ‘I wasn't made for Kylie - she should be so lucky.’
      • ‘In view of the current weakness in corporation tax receipts - he should be so lucky.’
      • ‘Pick out as much clothing as you can and pile it onto your shopping partner's arm or carriage, if you should be so lucky.’