Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The chance happening of fortunate or adverse events; fortune: They met one day out of pure luck.
  • n. Good fortune or prosperity; success: We wish you luck.
  • n. One's personal fate or lot: It was just my luck to win a trip I couldn't take.
  • intransitive v. Informal To gain success or something desirable by chance: lucked into a good apartment; lucked out in finding that rare book.
  • idiom as luck would have it As it turned out; as it happened: As luck would have it, it rained the day of the picnic.
  • idiom in luck Enjoying success; fortunate.
  • idiom out of luck Lacking good fortune.
  • idiom press To risk one's good fortune, often by acting overconfidently.
  • idiom try (one's) luck To attempt something without knowing if one will be successful.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Something that happens to someone by chance, a chance occurrence.
  • n. A superstitious feeling that brings fortune or success.
  • n. success
  • v. To succeed by chance.
  • v. To rely on luck.
  • v. To carry out relying on luck.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That which happens to a person; an event, good or ill, affecting one's interests or happiness, and which is deemed casual; a course or series of such events regarded as occurring by chance; chance; hap; fate; fortune; often, one's habitual or characteristic fortune. Luck is often used by itself to mean good luck.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Fortune; hap; that which happens to a person by chance, conceived as having a real tendency to be favorable or unfavorable, or as if there were an inward connection between a succes sion of fortuitous occurrences having the same character as favorable or unfavorable.
  • n. Good fortune; favorable hap; a supposed something, pertaining to a person, at least for a time, giving to fortuitous events a favorable character; also, in a weakened sense, a fortuitous combination of favorable occurrences.
  • n. An object with which good fortune is thought to be connected; especially, a vessel for holding liquid, as a drinking-cup.
  • n. Synonyms See happy.
  • To be lucky.
  • To make lucky.
  • n. A lock of wool twisted on the finger of a spinner.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you)
  • n. an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that causes an event to result one way rather than another
  • n. an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that leads to a favorable outcome

Etymologies

Middle English lucke, from Middle Dutch luc, short for gheluc.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • While the romantic side of me would like to believe in "luck" - the karmic, cosmic smiling-upon-me type of luck, the scientific side of me completely agrees with Lena West.

    Screw Luck? Really?

  • And then, turning to leave him, 'An' will ye say a mass if the luck is against me? '

    The Men of Forty Mile

  • Well, your luck is about to change with a little assistance from Lavish Lifestyles, LLC.

    A Luxury Personal Concierge Taking Personalized Service to the Next Level

  • MAATHAI: They say that what we call luck is opportunity that meets preparedness.

    CNN Transcript Oct 6, 2007

  • "I sometimes wonder if what we call luck is merely the will of God, " Otero observed sadly, -and that therefore Cochrane has been sent to scourge Spain for a reason.

    Sharpe's Devil

  • Whenever you hear any one expatiating upon what he calls the luck of some one else, you may be sure that he is a person entirely deficient in those qualities which could attract what he calls luck, but what is really, in the majority of cases, merely the result of hard work based upon a reasoned poise.

    Poise: How to Attain It

  • "Well, this is what I call luck!" exclaimed Ferd Stowing.

    Billie Bradley on Lighthouse Island The Mystery of the Wreck

  • "Well, this is what I call luck -- pure, unadulterated luck, with sugar on it," drawled Ham as he surveyed the house.

    Buffalo Roost

  • "Ephraim, my son!" said the old gambler, with a cunning smile, "I'll tell you something -- There are persons whose whole powers are devoted to one object -- how to win a fortune; in the same way as there are some who study to become doctors, and the like, so these study what we call luck ... and from them I've learned it."

    Stories by Foreign Authors: German — Volume 2

  • "This is certainly what I call luck," cried Allen excitedly, as he gazed at the scrap of paper Levine had passed over.

    The Outdoor Girls in the Saddle Or, The Girl Miner of Gold Run

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