- 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: Middle 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: probably ; from fluke, with reference to shape
- Slang an accidentally good or lucky stroke in billiards, pool, etc.
- Informal a result, esp. a successful one, brought about by accident; stroke of luck
Origin: ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
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- Any of various flatfishes, especially a flounder of the genus Paralichthys.
- See trematode.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English flōc; see plāk-1 in Indo-European roots.
- 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: Possibly from fluke1.
- A stroke of good luck.
- A chance occurrence; an accident.
- Games An accidentally good or successful stroke in billiards or pool.
Origin: Origin unknown.
fluke - Medical Definition
fluke - Science Definition
- Either of the two flattened fins of a whale's tail.
- See trematode.
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