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, 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

Examples from the Web for lacklustre

Contemporary Examples of lacklustre

  • Pippa Middleton has parted company with her literary agent following the lacklustre reception to her first book.

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    Pippa And Literary Agent Part

    Tom Sykes

    March 22, 2013

Historical Examples of lacklustre

British Dictionary definitions for lacklustre


US lackluster


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.



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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