Assuming an individual is always unlucky in all walks of life- education, relationship, employment etc.

Is there any word that can be used to describe such a person?

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    luckless, unfortunate, hapless or ill-fated – Jim Nov 8 '15 at 17:54
  • Joe Btfsplk brings bad luck, but doesn't experience it himself. – Hot Licks May 9 '17 at 22:36

I like "jinxed" more than "loser." How about cursed ? [Webster's ] Synonyms include unlucky, unfortunate, and smote (as if by God). Slang: totally screwed, completely fu-ked-up life

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Consider loser:

One that fails consistently, especially a person with bad luck or poor skills

(American Heritage Dictionary)

Another possibility is jinxed:

someone or something that is jinxed has a lot of bad luck

(Macmillan English Dictionary)

A literary, Shakespearean word is star-crossed:

star-crossed: if someone is star-crossed, they keep having bad luck.

(Collins Cobuild Dictionary)

dogged by ill luck; destined to misfortune


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One term I have heard to describe a person who is unlucky is "snake-bitten."

A "snakebite" is an unpleasant, sometimes fatal, event that appears to come out of nowhere.

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  • My wife, who is from Georgia, uses "snakebit." – docwebhead Aug 22 '17 at 19:34

back in the 70s & early 80s we called such a person a "mush". Because everything they touched (or bet on) was sure to turn to mush

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