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lackluster

[lak-luhs-ter]
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adjective
  1. lacking brilliance or radiance; dull: lackluster eyes.
  2. lacking liveliness, vitality, spirit, or enthusiasm: a lackluster performance.
noun
  1. a lack of brilliance or vitality.
Also especially British, lack·lus·tre.

Origin of lackluster

First recorded in 1590–1600; lack + luster1
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British Dictionary definitions for lacklustre

lacklustre

US lackluster

adjective
  1. lacking force, brilliance, or vitality
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Word Origin and History for lacklustre

chiefly British English spelling of lackluster (q.v.); for spelling, see -re.

lackluster

adj.

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.

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