from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Marked by, suffering, or promising lack of luck; unlucky. See Synonyms at unfortunate.
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- adj. Unsuccessful, in a failing manner.
- adj. Without luck.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Being without luck; unpropitious; unfortunate; unlucky; meeting with ill success or bad fortune
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having no luck; suffering mischance; unlucky; unsuccessful: as, a luckless gamester.
- Unattended by luck; bringing or marked by ill luck or misfortune; unfortunate: unfavorable : as, a luckless adventure.
- Synonyms Unlucky, ill-starred, ill-fated.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having or bringing misfortune
If they are going to match their achievement in Germany in 2006, that so called luckless streak is going to have to come to an end in Nelspruit.
But of course it's like those emblems of "luckless" people — it shows the carin betweenbeing on the road and flipping over (and over and over).
(Suddenly, I wonder if the word "luckless" was the outcome of a thesaurus search rather than a moment of inspiration.) Moreover, if it's a matter of "hap" or "luck," why warn someone about what cannot be averted or foreseen?
Some copy writer in the park service waxed poetic and referred to the people who are pulled out to sea never to be seen again as "luckless" (or "hapless," I can't remember now), as if the sleeper wave were a particularly horrific agent of fate, which I guess it is.
I can easily imagine the story of "luckless" Carol trying to keep poor "Lucky" on the right side of the dirt.
The "luckless" farmer simply did not _perceive_ the indications of wealth under his plodding feet; or, if he saw signs of oil, he did not realize that they _denoted_ the possibility of millions.
While 19th century viewers of the original stereograph for Reaching for the Out of Reach #9 may have enjoyed the dramatic image of luckless passengers shipwrecked on the shores of Massachusetts, it's hard to imagine they would be similarly amused by the sad Victorian-looking characters stranded atop coffee bales and beneath umbrellas while the crippled ship looms like a set piece from some 3D Tim Burton film.
And the subject of the script leads to the luckless director who had to stage it, Kenneth Branagh.
But neither is it so lightweight that you might be embarrassed to carry it onto a beach even here in New Jersey, the proud home of Boardwalk attractions such as the Shoot the Geek concession stand that lets you fire paintballs at a luckless teenager dressed like a terrorist.
And the press would pile on, painting a picture of a luckless, incapacitated campaign, powerless to avoid its approaching doom.