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Lacking brightness, luster, or vitality; dull. See Synonyms at dull.


(ˈlækˌlʌs tər)

1. lacking brilliance or radiance; dull: lackluster eyes.
2. lacking liveliness or vitality: a lackluster performance.
3. a lack of brilliance or vitality.
Also, esp. Brit.,lack′lus`tre.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.lackluster - lacking brilliance or vitality; "a dull lackluster life"; "a lusterless performance"
dull - lacking in liveliness or animation; "he was so dull at parties"; "a dull political campaign"; "a large dull impassive man"; "dull days with nothing to do"; "how dull and dreary the world is"; "fell back into one of her dull moods"
2.lackluster - lacking luster or shine; "staring with lackluster eyes"; "lusterless hair"
dull - emitting or reflecting very little light; "a dull glow"; "dull silver badly in need of a polish"; "a dull sky"


1. Lacking gloss and luster:
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Giry looked into the envelope with a lackluster eye, which soon recovered its brilliancy.
He looked at her with lackluster eyes for a moment, then answered
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By the late 1990s, after more than 270 performances, the visual splendor of Nureyev's production had faded and the dancing had become lackluster.
Given the lackluster performance of other presumed first timers, "it was difficult to summon much enthusiasm" for McNaught, says Brian Marsden of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass.
He first hired on to take over the University of Wisconsin's substandard college football program with its lackluster collegiate support.
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