Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Lacking brilliance or intelligence
  • adj. Having no shine or lustre; dull
  • adj. Not exceptional; not worthy of special merit, attention, or interest; having no vitality

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A lack of luster.
  • adj. Wanting luster or brightness.
  • adj. Lacking spirit, liveliness, or enthusiasm; dull.
  • adj. Mediocre.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Wanting luster or brightness; dull; languid; said of the eyes.
  • n. A want of luster, or that which lacks brightness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. lacking luster or shine
  • adj. lacking brilliance or vitality

Etymologies

From lack + luster (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In arguably the most exciting crit nationals in years, first-year pro Daniel Holloway (Bissell) turned around what he called a lackluster season to finish fourth and secure the stars-and-stripes jersey ahead of Ken Hanson (Team Type 1).

    Daniel Holloway wins 2010 U.S. professional criterium championship

  • Martin O'Malley, criticizing the incumbent for what he called a lackluster legislative session Tuesday.

    Boston Business News - Local Boston News | Boston Business Journal

  • Senate race in Massachusetts on what they described as a lackluster campaign.

    WIBW - HomePage - Headlines

  • Others fault the city for what they call lackluster attempts at outreach and law enforcement.

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  • While her political future may be up in the air, Sarah Palin's populist star wattage remains undeniable as she basks in an undimmed political limelight for a core of supporters bored by what they describe as a lackluster Republican Party leadership and angry at the Obama administration's expansion of government and imposition of power.

    The Washington Times stories: Latest Headlines

  • My blog-neighborliness has been sorely lacking lo these last few days, and can be expected to remain lackluster until I get back from NYC at the end of the week.

    These Foots Were Made For Walkin’ | Her Bad Mother

  • He is widely credited with having coached Reagan to victory in the second presidential debate with Walter Mondale after Reagan had disappointed his partisans with what some call a lackluster effort in the first debate.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » David Addington on the FISA Court:

  • Uninspired Estrada exits American super heavyweight loses in lackluster performance.

    USATODAY.com

  • Coakley began the race as a heavy favorite, but was criticized for what some characterized as a lackluster campaign.

    Democracy Now!

  • With grades he described as "lackluster" - he had an A - average-he settled for the University of Rochester.

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  • Other funds focus on stocks that have been a bit lackluster or beaten up lately but are expected to rebound..- "Women & Money"

    October 1, 2010

  • not shiny not bright...dull eeeh boring?

    March 6, 2008

  • If it lacks luster, then it must be...

    January 6, 2007