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  1. lacking brilliance or radiance; dull: lackluster eyes.
  2. lacking liveliness, vitality, spirit, or enthusiasm: a lackluster performance.
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  1. a lack of brilliance or vitality.
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Also especially British, lack·lus·tre.

Origin of lackluster

First recorded in 1590–1600; lack + luster1
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Examples from the Web for lack-luster

Historical Examples of lack-luster

  • 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.

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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper