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Definition of unlucky adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    unlucky

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//ʌnˈlʌki//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʌnˈlʌki//
     
    (unluckier, unluckiest) You can also use more unlucky and most unlucky.
     
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  1. 1  unlucky (to do something) having bad luck or happening because of bad luck; not lucky synonym unfortunate He was very unlucky not to win. If you're unlucky enough to get trapped in a lift, remember not to panic. By some unlucky chance, her name was left off the list.
  2. 2  unlucky (to do something) causing bad luck Some people think it's unlucky to walk under a ladder. Thirteen is often considered an unlucky number. Start number 13 proved unlucky for the Swiss skier. opposite lucky
  3. Extra examples She has been very unlucky with injuries this year. She was desperately unlucky to fall as badly as she did. The number thirteen is traditionally considered unlucky. a date that is unlucky for that family soldiers who were unlucky enough to be captured If you’re unlucky enough to get trapped in a lift, remember not to panic. She was desperately unlucky not to win. Some people think it’s unlucky to walk under a ladder.
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