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[lak-luhs-ter] /ˈlækˌlʌs tər/
lacking brilliance or radiance; dull:
lackluster eyes.
lacking liveliness, vitality, spirit, or enthusiasm:
a lackluster performance.
a lack of brilliance or vitality.
Also, especially British, lacklustre.
Origin of lackluster
First recorded in 1590-1600; lack + luster1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Your brain is off at a speed that was impossible in your lack-luster days.

    Journeys to Bagdad

    Charles S. Brooks
  • His shoulders drooped depressingly, and his eyes were lack-luster.

  • He sauntered about, and examined all the shops with lack-luster eye.

  • But it was a lack-luster eye that turned on the entering officer this day.

    A Soldier's Trial

    Charles King
  • The eyelids fluttered and lack-luster eyes looked into mine.

    The Professor's Mystery Wells Hastings
  • Captain Hansen regarded Bertie with unblinking, lack-luster eyes.

    South Sea Tales Jack London
  • He stood just on the edge of the crowd watching the boat with lack-luster eyes that shone dully in his pallid face.

    Wild Margaret Geraldine Fleming
  • The sea had smoothed down to a lack-luster glaze, but it was less dreary than the heart of the baffled pursuer.

    The Incendiary W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
  • The next instant there rattled to view a soulless, sodden shower of lack-luster, heart-breaking coals.

    The Flaw in the Sapphire Charles M. Snyder
  • Ignorant women, and terribly lonely, with the dumb, lack-luster eyes that bespeak monotony.

    Fanny Herself Edna Ferber
Word Origin and History for lack-luster



also lack-luster, c.1600, first attested in "As You Like It," from lack + luster. Combinations with lack- were frequent in 16c., e.g. lackland (1590s), of a landless man; lack-Latin (1530s), of an ignorant priest.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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