The word "luck" can be used as a noun or as an adjective. If a person has luck, he or she has good or bad fortune. Luck is something that can’t be planned. It comes spontaneously.
- Joan and Bill have a lot of luck. They just won the lottery.
- With a little luck, Dave will find a new job.
- Nellie counted too heavily on luck when planning her future.
- Do you believe in luck?
The word "lucky." is an adjective.
- They’re very lucky to have found each other.
- I’m hoping to get a lucky break with some good weather today.
- You’ll be able to get tickets to that concert if you’re lucky.
- Helen says she’s feeling lucky today, so she bought some lottery tickets.
- John’s car broke down on the highway. Luckily, someone pulled up a few minutes later and helped him fix it. (The word "luckily" is an adverb.)
There are some expressions that use "luck" or "lucky."
- He’s a little down on his luck. (Things are not going well for him.)
- She’s a lucky duck. (She has a lot of luck.)
- This is your lucky day. (There’s good news for you.)
- Of all the luck. (Something bad happened.)
- They’ve run out of luck. (They were lucky, but now they aren’t.)
- You’re out of luck. (You can’t have what you asked for.)
- The luck of the Irish. ("Luck" is often associated with being Irish and Irish culture.)
A four-leaf clover is rare but very lucky.
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This page was first published on March 15, 2013. It was updated on February 21, 2017.