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lackluster

[lak-luhs-ter] /ˈlækˌlʌs tər/
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
1590-1600; lack + luster1
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British Dictionary definitions for lacklustre

lacklustre

/ˈlækˌlʌstə/
adjective
1.
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.

lackluster

adj.

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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