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Definition of "fluke" []

  • Any of various flatfishes, especially a flounder of the genus Paralichthys. (noun)
  • See trematode. (noun)
  • Nautical The triangular blade at the end of an arm of an anchor, designed to catch in the ground. (noun)
  • A barb or barbed head, as on an arrow or a harpoon. (noun)
  • Either of the two horizontally flattened divisions of the tail of a whale. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "fluke" in a sentence
  • "No matter what time of year I'm fishing, a fluke is the first bait I'll tie on."
  • "Before anyone says that this was going to happen anyway, remember that political pros were saying two years ago that Napolitano was a one term fluke, early this year Republicans were salivating about a possible 2/3 majority House and Senate, and it took some foresight to see that a decent candidate could be recruited to take out J."
  • "The talk in Republican circles as well as among some Democrats, you know who you are! was that Napolitano was a one term fluke who would be easily beaten by any Republican, maybe even Joe Sweeney."