- The definition of a fluke is an odd occurrence that happens and is unlikely to be repeated.
An example of a fluke is a snowstorm in July.
- any of various flatfishes, esp. a genus (Paralichthys) of flounders
Origin of flukeMiddle English floke ; from Old English floc, akin to Old Norse floki ; from Indo-European base an unverified form plāg-, broad, flat from source flag, German flach, flat, level
- a pointed part of an anchor, designed to catch in the ground
- ☆ a barb or barbed head of an arrow, harpoon, etc.
- either of the two lobes of a whale's tail
Origin of flukeprobably ; from fluke, with reference to shape
- Any of numerous parasitic flatworms, including the trematodes, some of which infect humans, and the monogeneans, which are chiefly ectoparasites of fish.
- Any of various flatfishes chiefly of the genus Paralichthys, especially the summer flounder.
Origin of flukeMiddle English, flounder, flatfish, from Old English flōc; see plāk-1 in Indo-European roots. Sense 1, from the flounderlike shape of sheep flukes .
- Nautical The triangular blade at the end of an arm of an anchor, designed to catch in the ground.
- A barb or barbed head, as on an arrow or a harpoon.
- Either of the two horizontally flattened divisions of the tail of a whale.
Origin of flukePossibly from fluke1.
top: arrowhead and whale flukes
bottom: anchor flukes
- A chance occurrence: That spring snowstorm was a total fluke.
- Games An accidentally good or successful stroke in billiards or pool.
Origin of flukeOrigin unknown.
(third-person singular simple present flukes, present participle fluking, simple past and past participle fluked)
- To obtain a successful outcome by pure chance.
- I fluked a pass in the multiple-choice exam.
- (snooker) To fortuitously pot a ball in an unintended way.
- He fluked the other red into the middle pocket, despite the double kiss.
Of uncertain or obscure origin. It seems to have originally referred to a lucky shot at billiards.
- Either of the two lobes of a whale's or similar creature's tail.
- The dolphin had an open wound on the left fluke of its tail where the propeller had injured it.
- (nautical) Any of the triangular blades at the end of an anchor, designed to catch the ground.
- The fluke of the anchor was wedged between two outcroppings of rock and could not be dislodged.
- A metal hook on the head of certain staff weapons (such as a bill), made in various forms depending on function, whether used for grappling or to penetrate armour when swung at an opponent.
- The polearm had a wide, sharpened fluke attached to the central point.
- In general, a winglike formation on a central piece.
- After casting the bronze statue, we filed down the flukes and spurs from the molding process.
Possibly as Etymology 2 or from Middle Low German flügel (“wing”)