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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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  • They looked at us from their doors with lackluster eyes and apparent indifference.

    Average Americans Theodore Roosevelt
  • Her son regarded her with lackluster eyes when she returned.

    The Broken Gate Emerson Hough
  • Sandpaper this lightly with No. 00 paper when the stain has thoroughly dried, and put on a coat of lackluster or an equivalent.

    Mission Furniture H. H. Windsor
  • Willard gazed through the window with lackluster eyes and shook his head feebly.

    Left Half Harmon Ralph Henry Barbour
  • "I have nothing to tell her," said George—he raised two lackluster eyes and fixed them with a sort of dull stare on Lawson's face.

Word Origin and History for lackluster

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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