Definition of unlucky in US English:



  • Having, bringing, or resulting from bad luck.

    ‘an unlucky defeat’
    with infinitive ‘the visitors were unlucky to have a goal disallowed’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was a bold gesture because they have both preciously been unlucky in love.’
    • ‘If your middle name is unlucky, you may never get that far before the next season's floods arrive.’
    • ‘Now I come to think of it, Hampden Park has been rather an unlucky ground for me.’
    • ‘McFadden's character is unlucky in love and a nasty piece of work because of it.’
    • ‘Howarth was unlucky to see his attempted clearance cannon back off the winger.’
    • ‘Pool gave a debut to ex-Yew Tree striker Ben Kelly but he was unable to prevent an unlucky defeat.’
    • ‘There was a much improved performance and we were unlucky not to get at least a draw.’
    • ‘The visitors were unlucky to see Alan Inns have a shot cleared off the line and Currie head against a post.’
    • ‘Brady was unlucky to lose his first fight, but won the next two before losing in the semi final to take bronze.’
    • ‘One man I thought was unlucky not to make any of the trips was Kent's David Fulton.’
    • ‘They will probably feel a bit unlucky they did not defeat Warrington last weekend.’
    • ‘Marton cum Grafton were unlucky not to share the points in their home game with Hemingbrough.’
    • ‘The Big Brother housemates have chosen two unlucky plebs who face eviction on Friday.’
    • ‘It might be unlucky for some, but the Reebok hit man is aiming to hit 13 this season.’
    • ‘The worst case scenario is when you are unlucky enough to have someone you love or your family murdered.’
    • ‘Matt Bianco was also unlucky when he faced Scottish champion Ian Mathison in a return bout.’
    • ‘Sersea was unlucky at the start of the final period when the puck rung against the pipes and shot back into play.’
    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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