from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Lacking distinction, radiance, or vitality; dull.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Without luster.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Destitute of luster; dim; dull.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Without luster, dull, not shiny, flat or matte finished.

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

  • adjective lacking brilliance or vitality
  • adjective lacking luster or shine


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  • The description of the untamed faun as he then appeared is not flattering: his complexion sallow, his hair stiff, his figure slight, his expression lusterless, his manner insignificant.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte Vol. I. (of IV.) William Milligan Sloane 1889

  • In the corner of his parents 'bedroom he saw decayed seagull carcasses, gnats and maggots on lusterless eyes, globs of sea jelly, tangles of seaweed.

    Wintering at Montauk Jane Ciabattari 2010

  • Trading remained lusterless and volumes ran dry as investors refrained from building fresh positions ahead of a public holiday Tuesday and a series of important meetings in Europe this week.

    Indian Shares End Lower Khushita Vasant 2011

  • He turned the key in the ignition but the man was almost at the hood of their car, so they hadn't time to close their windows and heard him speak with a firm voice and a lusterless, almost business-like tone.

    And You--And You--And You Con Chapman 2012

  • Market triangulation aside, Chevrolet has made life harder than it needs to be with the Cruze's lusterless sheet metal.

    Brand-New and Almost Out of Date 2010

  • Her eyes were so lusterless and dull that Aya wondered if shed surged them that way.

    Scott Westerfeld: Uglies Quartet Scott Westerfeld 2010

  • | Reply | Permalink god you're cruel! lol! i'm eating leftovers and they are decidedly lusterless.

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  •   She carefully studied the wax — it was the same pale, lusterless kind used for the candles in Church.

    Relics 2008

  • • It helps in scalp treatment for lusterless hairs.

    Benefits of Wheatgrass - An Ultimate Health Supplement 2008

  • Her eyes were so lusterless and dull that Aya wondered if shed surged them that way.

    Extras Scott Westerfeld 2008


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