- a lack of brilliance or vitality.
Also especially British, lack·lus·tre.
Origin of lackluster
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Examples from the Web for lacklustre
Pippa Middleton has parted company with her literary agent following the lacklustre reception to her first book.Pippa And Literary Agent Part
March 22, 2013
A man in a cart was listening with a lacklustre eye to the address.Pictures of Southern Life
William Howard Russell
When I entered the lowly dwelling, he raised his lacklustre eyes, and stretched forth his hand to meet my grasp.
He looked uneasily about the room, and—gazed with lacklustre eyes at the chair in which Mr Dickson had installed himself.The Wrong Box
Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne
Etienne glared at him with lacklustre eyes, but knew him not, and continued his inarticulate ravings.
He looked uneasily about the room, and gazed with lacklustre eyes at the chair in which Mr. Dickson had installed himself.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 7 (of 25)
Robert Louis Stevenson
- lacking force, brilliance, or vitality
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Word Origin and History for lacklustre
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