Luck vs Happiness - What's the difference?

luck | happiness |

As nouns the difference between luck and happiness

is that luck is something that happens to someone by chance, a chance occurrence while happiness is the emotion of being happy; joy.

As a verb luck

is to succeed by chance.

As a proper noun Luck

is {{surname|from=given names}.




  • Something that happens to someone by chance, a chance occurrence.
  • The raffle is just a matter of luck .
    Sometimes it takes a bit of luck to get success.
    I couldn't believe my luck when I found a fifty dollar bill on the street.
    Gilbert had some bad luck yesterday — he got pick-pocketed and lost fifty dollars.
  • A superstitious feeling that brings fortune or success.
  • He blew on the dice for luck .
    I wish you lots of luck for the exam tomorrow.
  • success
  • I tried for ages to find a pair of blue suede shoes, but didn't have any luck .
    He has a lot of luck with the ladies, perhaps it is because of his new motorbike.


    * fortune (both senses)

    Derived terms

    * bad luck * down on one's luck * good luck * luckless * lucky * lucky break * luck out * luck of the draw * luck of the Irish * luck upon * push one's luck * ride one's luck * run of bad luck * sheer luck * streak of good luck


    (en verb)
  • To succeed by chance.
  • His plan lucked out.
  • To rely on luck.
  • No plan. We're just to going to have to luck through.
  • To carry out relying on luck.
  • Our plan is to luck it through.
    1000 English basic words




    (wikipedia happiness)
  • The emotion of being happy; joy.
  • * 1877 , ,
  • Yes, Aline, true happiness comes of true love, and true love should be independent of external influences.
  • (archaic) Good luck; good fortune; prosperity.
  • * 1643 , — , I-i
  • All happiness bechance to thee in Milan!
  • Fortuitous elegance; unstudied grace; — used especially of language.
  • Some beauties yet no precepts can declare, For there's a happiness , as well as care. — .


    * felicity (somewhat dated or formal) * blessedness (dated or religious) * bliss * joy

    Usage notes

    Happiness is generic, and is applied to almost every kind of enjoyment.


    * unhappiness * haplessness