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lackluster

Lackluster is a compound adjective that means what it sounds like: if something is lackluster it lacks luster; in other words, it is without brilliance, shine, or vitality. Think dull.

Shakespeare gave us the compound lackluster, first using the term in his play As You Like It. In 2:7, the character Jacques says, "And then he drew a dial from his poke, And, looking on it with lack-lustre eye..." Since Shakespeare first coined this word, it has been used to describe anything "blah"; lackluster sales would worry shop owners and a lackluster prom dress might help you blend in with the wallpaper.

Definitions of lackluster
  1. adjective
    lacking brilliance or vitality
    “a dull lackluster life”
    synonyms: lacklustre, lusterless, lustreless
    dull
    lacking in liveliness or animation
  2. adjective
    lacking luster or shine
    “staring with lackluster eyes”
    synonyms: lacklustre, lusterless, lustreless
    dull
    emitting or reflecting very little light
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