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favor | lucky |

As a noun favor

is a kind or helpful deed; an instance of voluntarily assisting (someone).

As a verb favor

is (transitive)  to look upon fondly; to prefer.

As an adjective lucky is

favoured by luck; fortunate; meeting with good success or good fortune said of persons.



Alternative forms

* favour (qualifier)


(en noun)
  • A kind or helpful deed; an instance of voluntarily assisting (someone).
  • Goodwill; benevolent regard.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=5 , passage=Then came a maid with hand-bag and shawls, and after her a tall young lady.
  • A small gift; a party favor.
  • A marriage favour is a bunch or knot of white ribbons or white flowers worn at a wedding.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Wear thou this favour for me, and stick it in thy cap.
  • Mildness or mitigation of punishment; lenity.
  • * Jonathan Swift
  • I could not discover the lenity and favour of this sentence.
  • The object of regard; person or thing favoured.
  • * Milton
  • All these his wondrous works, but chiefly man, / His chief delight and favour .
  • (obsolete) Appearance; look; countenance; face.
  • * Shakespeare
  • This boy is fair, of female favour .
  • (legal) Partiality; bias.
  • (Bouvier)
  • (archaic, polite) A letter.
  • Your favour of yesterday is received.
  • (obsolete, in the plural) lovelocks
  • (Wright)

    Usage notes

    * Favor' is the standard US spelling, and an alternative in Canada. ' Favour is the standard spelling in Canada and outside North America. * English speakers usually "do' someone a favor" (rather than *"'''make''' them a favor", which would be sense 3 only). See for uses and meaning of ' favour collocated with these words.

    Derived terms

    * in favor * in favor of * party favor * favorite


    (en verb)
  • (transitive)  To look upon fondly; to prefer.
  • * And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favored', the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. —, King James version, ' 1611
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=6 citation , passage=Even in an era when individuality in dress is a cult, his clothes were noticeable. He was wearing a hard hat of the low round kind favoured by hunting men, and with it a black duffle-coat lined with white.}}
  • (transitive)  To do a favor [noun sense 1] for; to show beneficence toward.
  • (transitive)  To treat with care.
  • (transitive)  To have a similar appearance, to look like another person.
  • Derived terms

    * favorite (favourite) * favoritism (favouritism) * favorable (favourable) * favored (favoured) ----




  • Favoured by luck; fortunate; meeting with good success or good fortune. Said of persons.
  • a lucky adventurer
    The downed pilot is very lucky to be alive.
  • Producing, or resulting in, good chance, or unexpectedly; favorable; auspicious; fortunate.
  • a lucky mistake
    a lucky cast
    a lucky hour


    * 1989 , Howard Ashman, “Under the Sea”, The Little Mermaid , Walt Disney Feature Animation *: They sad ’cause they in their bowl / But fish in the bowl is lucky / They in for a worser fate


    * (favored by luck ): fortunate, successful * (producing or resulting in good chance ): auspicious, favorable/favourable, fortunate, fortuitous

    Derived terms

    * get lucky * lucky dip * lucky you * should be so lucky