Meaning of “unlucky” in the English Dictionary

"unlucky" in British English

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unluckyadjective [ often + to infinitive ]

uk /ʌnˈlʌk.i/ us /ʌnˈlʌk.i/

B1 not lucky:

The couple were unlucky enough to be in the hotel when the terrorist group struck.

More examples

  • I don't believe in the old superstition that the number 13 is unlucky.
  • We had a lovely time in Scotland, but we were a bit unlucky with the weather.
  • We got a parking ticket but Pat and Keith didn't, we were just unlucky.
  • They were unlucky enough to be at the top of the mountain when the storm came over.
  • Henman played well and he was unlucky to lose the match.
unluckily
adverb uk /ʌnˈlʌk.əl.i/ us /ʌnˈlʌk.əl.i/

(Definition of “unlucky” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"unlucky" in American English

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unluckyadjective

us /ʌnˈlʌk·i/

having or bringing bad luck:

For the unlucky people who get the flu, the health department advises: Stay home!

(Definition of “unlucky” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)