[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. lacker,
  2. lackey,
  3. lackey moth,
  4. lacking,
  5. lackland air force base,
  6. lacklustre,
  7. laclos,
  8. laclos, pierre ambroise françois choderlos de,
  9. laconia,
  10. laconian

Also especially British, lack·lus·tre.

Origin of lackluster

First recorded in 1590–1600; lack + luster1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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