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[luhk-lis] /ˈlʌk lɪs/
having no luck; unfortunate; hapless; ill-fated; turning out or ending disastrously:
a luckless venture that ruined many of the investors.
Origin of luckless
1555-65; luck + -less
Related forms
lucklessly, adverb
lucklessness, noun Unabridged
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  • But though I knew it not, the day I made that woman's acquaintance was a luckless one for me, as my readers will see.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • From this extremity there is but one means of escape, and one alone, for the luckless prisoner.

    The Sportsman Xenophon
  • Poor Mrs. Forster's agitation was sad to see, and between her and the butler the luckless lad was somehow got from the room.

    John Forster Percy Hethrington Fitzgerald
  • Friday was the luckless day of my own failure and broken heart.

    Angling Sketches Andrew Lang
  • There were ugly rapids and a fang-like rock, against which many a luckless craft was piled up.

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
  • It is generally supposed that Mallet was this luckless person.

  • A moment later each of the luckless candidates felt a cold stream of water strike him full in the face.

British Dictionary definitions for luckless


having no luck; unlucky
Derived Forms
lucklessly, adverb
lucklessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for luckless

1560s, from luck (n.) + -less. Related: Lucklessly; lucklessness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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