Luck meaning

lŭk
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Luck is defined as the good or bad things that happen by chance.

An example of luck is what happens when good things start happening to someone.

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Luck means someone’s good fortune.

An example of luck is winning easily when gambling.

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One's personal fate or lot.

It was just my luck to win a trip I couldn't take.

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Good fortune or prosperity; success.

We wish you luck.

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The chance happening of fortunate or adverse events; fortune.

They met one day out of pure luck.

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The chance happening of events with respect to how they affect someone; fortune; fate.
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A superstitious feeling that brings fortune or success.

He blew on the dice for luck.

I wish you lots of luck for the exam tomorrow.

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Something that happens to someone by chance, a chance occurrence.

The raffle is just a matter of luck.

Sometimes it takes a bit of luck to get success.

I couldn't believe my luck when I found a fifty dollar bill on the street.

Gilbert had some bad luck yesterday "” he got pick-pocketed and lost fifty dollars.

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To gain success or something desirable by chance.

Lucked into a good apartment; lucked out in finding that rare book.

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I tried for ages to find a pair of blue suede shoes, but didn't have any luck.

He has a lot of luck with the ladies, perhaps it is because of his new motorbike.

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(informal) To be lucky enough to come (into, on, through, etc.)
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(intransitive) To rely on luck.

No plan. We're just to going to have to luck through.

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To carry out relying on luck.

Our plan is to luck it through.

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An object, action, etc. believed to bring or portend good or bad fortune.

Seeing a black cat is bad luck.

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(intransitive) To succeed by chance.

His plan lucked out.

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as luck would have it
  • As it turned out; as it happened:
    As luck would have it, it rained the day of the picnic.
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in luck
  • Enjoying success; fortunate.
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out of luck
  • Lacking good fortune.
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  • To risk one's good fortune, often by acting overconfidently.
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try (one's) luck
  • To attempt something without knowing if one will be successful.
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down on one's luck
  • in misfortune; unlucky
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in luck
  • fortunate; lucky
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luck out
  • to have things turn out favorably for one; be lucky
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out of luck
  • unfortunate; unlucky
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press one's luck
  • to take unnecessary risks in an already favorable situation
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try one's luck
  • to try to do something without being sure of the outcome
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worse luck
  • unfortunately
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Origin of luck

  • Middle English lucke from Middle Dutch luc short for gheluc

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Loaned into English in the 15th century (probably as a gambling term) from Middle Dutch luc, a shortened form of: gheluc (“good fortune") (whence Modern Dutch geluk). Middle Dutch luc, gheluc is paralleled by Middle High German lück, gelücke (modern German Glück). The word occurs only from the 12th century, apparently first in Rhine Frankish. Perhaps from an Old Frankish *galukki. The word enters standard Middle High German during the 13th century, and spreads to English and Scandinavian in the Late Middle Ages. Its origin seems to have been regional or dialectal, and there were competing German words such as gevelle or schick, or the Latinate fortune. Its etymology is unknown, although there are numerous proposals as to its derivations from a number of roots.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English luk, lukke, related to Old Frisian luk (“luck"), West Frisian gelok (“luck"), Dutch geluk (“luck"), Low German luk (“luck"), German Glück (“luck, good fortune, happiness"), Danish lykke (“luck"), Swedish lycka (“luck"), Icelandic lukka (“luck").

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  • Use as a verb in American English is late (1940s), but there was a Middle English verb lukken "to chance, to happen by good fortune" in the 15th century.

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  • From the given name Luke.

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