Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “luck”

luck

noun [U]
 
 
/lʌk/
BY CHANCE A2 good and bad things caused by chance and not by your own actions: It was just luck that I asked for a job at the right time. Then I met this gorgeous woman and I couldn't believe my luck. He seems to have had a lot of bad luck in his life.Good luck and bad luck
SUCCESS B2 success: Have you had any luck (= succeeded in) finding your bag? He's been trying to find work but with no luck so far.Success and achievementsHigher and lower points of achievementFailures
be in luck informal to be able to have or do what you want: "Do you have any tuna sandwiches?" "You're in luck - there's one left."Good luck and bad luck
Good luck! something you say to someone when you hope that they will be successful: Good luck with your exam!Good luck and bad luck
Bad/Hard luck! used to show sympathy when someone is unsuccessful or unlucky: "They've run out of tickets." "Oh, bad luck!"Good luck and bad luckSympathy and compassion
→ See also a stroke of luck, the luck of the draw
(Definition of luck from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Good luck and bad luck, but you might be interested in these topics from the Chance and possibility topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “luck” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

from the word go

from the start of something

Word of the Day

Countability – grammar codes

by Dom Glennon​​,
November 26, 2014
Advices and informations Have you ever noticed strange codes in square brackets on entries in Cambridge Dictionaries Online and wondered what they mean? These are grammar codes, giving you a brief summary of how that word behaves grammatically. More information can be obtained by hovering your cursor over the code, and there’s

Read More 

ped-text verb

November 24, 2014
to text someone while walking I’m ped-texting, I’m looking down at my phone, 75 percent of the time.

Read More