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lucky

Syllabification: luck·y
Pronunciation: /ˈləkē
 
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Definition of lucky in English:

adjective (luckier, luckiest)

Having, bringing, or resulting from good luck: you had a very lucky escape three’s my lucky number
More example sentences
  • She felt so lucky to be the one able to have this son.
  • I don't know how I got so lucky to get a girlfriend like you.
  • But a lot of people here, you know, they feel pretty lucky just to get that.
Synonyms
fortunate, in luck, blessed, favored, born under a lucky star, charmed;
successful, prosperous
providential, fortunate, advantageous, timely, opportune, serendipitous, expedient, heaven-sent, auspicious;
chance, fortuitous, fluky, accidental

Phrases

get lucky

1
informal
Experience good luck: if you’re flying into Toronto from the south you might get lucky and see Niagara Falls we got lucky with the weather
More example sentences
  • You guys got lucky this weekend - didn't see much of a snowstorm.
  • My daughter tried twice to get us tickets and we couldn't believe it when she got lucky.
  • I kind of fell into Web design while studying marketing and somehow got lucky, to be honest.
1.1Have sex, especially in the context of a casual encounter: that girl definitely gave you the eye—you might get lucky tonight!
More example sentences
  • You led me on, told me that I'd get lucky with you tonight.
  • Next time you're planning a big night out, remember these tips and hopefully you'll get lucky.
  • Yep, first night-time date and maybe, just maybe I'll get lucky too.

you (or he etc.) should be so lucky

2
Used to imply in an ironic or resigned way that someone’s wishes or expectations are unlikely to be fulfilled: “Moving in?” “You should be so lucky.”
More example sentences
  • I wasn't made for Kylie - she should be so lucky.
  • In view of the current weakness in corporation tax receipts - he should be so lucky.
  • How I envy your ability to get over things and move on. I should be so lucky.

lucky devil (or lucky you, her, etc.)

3
Used to express envy at someone else’s good fortune.
Example sentences
  • Several brave souls dressed up to celebrate the occasion, and lucky you, you get to meet four of them.
  • And hey, lucky you, they want to send it through your bank account and give you a commission.
  • Yes, lucky you, you who glide through the chaos of the world like the pope in his popemobile.

Derivatives

luckiness

1
noun
Example sentences
  • If you consider yourself ‘Lucky’, then when good things happen to you you attribute it to your luckiness, but when bad things happen, you ignore them or find something else to blame.
  • The first question of this scale asks people to indicate their perceived luckiness, the second their perceived unluckiness.
  • When a player loses his luckiness bankroll is debited by the sum of the bets multiplied by his probability of losing.

Words that rhyme with lucky

clucky, ducky, happy-go-lucky, Kentucky, mucky, plucky, yucky

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