• WordNet 3.6
    • adj luckless having or bringing misfortune "Friday the 13th is an unlucky date"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Luckless Being without luck; unpropitious; unfortunate; unlucky; meeting with ill success or bad fortune; as, a luckless gamester; a luckless maid. "Prayers made and granted in a luckless hour."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • luckless Having no luck; suffering mischance; unlucky; unsuccessful: as, a luckless gamester.
    • luckless Unattended by luck; bringing or marked by ill luck or misfortune; unfortunate: unfavorable : as, a luckless adventure.
    • luckless Synonyms Unlucky, ill-starred, ill-fated.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Luckless without good luck: unhappy
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From a Low Ger. root, seen in Dut. luk; cf. Ger. glück, prosperity.


In literature:

The whole artillery of a Division, with several heavies added, was concentrated on that luckless spot.
"With the British Army in The Holy Land" by Henry Osmond Lock
If a rat or a mouse ate a hole in one's clothes, evil, it was thought, was about to befall the luckless owner.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
Machpealota probably had launched his whole force on the trail of the luckless troopers.
"Warrior Gap" by Charles King
Of course, you will not think of taking the luckless rascal as your servant.
"Saint Bartholomew's Eve" by G. A. Henty
For the Tudors were singularly luckless in the matter of children.
"Henry VIII." by A. F. Pollard
The luckless orphan, anxious to avoid the terrible doom that was threatening him, rushed away in an opposite direction.
"Jack Harkaway's Boy Tinker Among The Turks" by Bracebridge Hemyng
What could the luckless fat boy have stumbled into now?
"The Boy Scouts' First Camp Fire" by Herbert Carter
She found that he affected her in an entirely different fashion from the luckless dozen of those London days.
"Jill the Reckless" by P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
John braced himself and yanked a luckless perch high in the air.
"A Son of the City" by Herman Gastrell Seely
In a luckless hour, the Delawares gave their consent, and agreed to become women.
"Traditions of the North American Indians, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by James Athearn Jones

In poetry:

Then up sprang King Olaf,
Like a reindeer bounding,
With an oath he answered
Thus the luckless Queen:
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf XVI. -- Queen Thuri And " by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Follow her, while yet her glory shineth!
There comes a luckless night
That will dim all her light;
And this the black unhappy shade divineth.
"Devotion" by Thomas Campion
Twelve hundred million men are spread
About this Earth, and I and You
Wonder, when You and I are dead,
"What will those luckless millions do?"
"The Last Department" by Rudyard Kipling
"Luckless for him has been my constant love,
Luckless the destiny I bade him brave,
For since a parent did our vows reprove,
Sorrow was all the gift my fondness gave.
"The Daughter" by Matilda Betham
Fain would I mourn my luckless fate alone,
Forbid to please, yet fated to admire;
Away, my friends! my sorrows are my own!
Why should I breathe around my sick desire?
"Elegy XVII. He Indulges the Suggestions of Spleen.-- An Elegy to the Winds" by William Shenstone
You call for help--'tis all in vain!
What have you for your toil and pain,
What have you at the last?
Poor luckless hunter, are you dumb?
This way the cold pall-bearers come:
A beggar's soul has passed!
"To The Fortune Seeker" by Morris Rosenfeld

In news:

Enough of what could go wrong did, leaving manager in same luckless place as predecessors.
Luckless Scotties keep chins up despite 0-3 football start.
However successful the Japanese may have been at making and selling cars and computers, they have proved quite luckless when it comes to running casinos in Las Vegas.
PITTSBURGH – For 60 minutes the Kansas City Chiefs avoided what has plagued them all throughout their luckless season.
For 60 minutes the Kansas City Chiefs avoided what has plagued them all throughout their luckless season.