lack lustre

lackluster

[lak-luhs-ter]
adjective
1.
lacking brilliance or radiance; dull: lackluster eyes.
2.
lacking liveliness, vitality, spirit, or enthusiasm: a lackluster performance.
noun
3.
a lack of brilliance or vitality.
Also, especially British, lacklustre.


Origin:
1590–1600; lack + luster1

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lackluster
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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