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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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Examples from the web for luckless
  • Over time a number of local features came to be named after the luckless wanderer.
  • He tied the two luckless children to stakes in the same shed and then put bags of powder under their feet.
  • None came, though many persons were aboard the luckless vessel.
  • The whole body of the luckless chub was distorted and had grown into the gnarled and twisted form of the root cage.
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.

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