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[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.
Also, especially British, lacklustre.
Origin of lackluster
1590-1600; lack + luster1 Unabridged
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  • Kirk's illustrations aren't too bad, but they do look dated and rather lacklustre.
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  • Buyers are under pressure to invest their capital after lacklustre activity over the past two years.
  • Profits, needless to say, are as lacklustre as sales.
  • But its contacting of targets remains mystifyingly lacklustre.
  • Now lacklustre exam results threaten that tradition.
  • Officials trumpeted the movie but ticket sales have been lacklustre.
  • Gone was the lacklustre mood of earlier in the week, replaced by palpable excitement and a renewed energy.
  • Well, as you can see at right, supply growth is projected to be quite lacklustre and consistently below growth in demand.
British Dictionary definitions for lacklustre


lacking force, brilliance, or vitality
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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