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Recent Examples of lackluster from the Web
The perception of impropriety reached its zenith two years ago, when a lackluster Mexico team – the biggest draw at the gate – reached the final only after a series of phantom penalty kicks awarded suspiciously late in games.
Is ESPN uncomfortable with negative social media sentiment and lackluster ratings of SC6?
That mark dropped to 3.95 in 21 starts this month, before Lively’s lackluster outing.
Stocks opened at a record high Monday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average topping 21,453 as tech stocks rebounded from a lackluster prior week.
May’s campaigning style was criticized as stiff and lackluster, and some Conservative policy proposals got a hostile reception, including a plan to make pensioners pay for more of their care.
Butch Thompson isn't overly concerned with his team's lackluster finish, which left Auburn as one of the last four teams into the postseason field.
Even now, the markets’ lackluster response to the news Wednesday -- the Canadian dollar fell -- underscore worries the country will struggle to find a new catalyst, especially once interest rates begin to rise from historical lows.
This year’s playoffs have been the most lackluster, and the least competitive, in recent memory.
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Did You Know?
In its earliest uses, "lackluster" (also spelled "lacklustre") usually described the eyes or face, as in "a lackluster stare." Later, it came to describe other things whose sheen had been removed; Charles Dickens, in his 1843 novel Martin Chuzzlewit, writes of the faded image of the dragon on the sign outside a village alehouse: "many a wintry storm of rain, snow, sleet, and hail, had changed his colour from a gaudy blue to a faint lack-lustre shade of grey." In addition to "a glow or sheen," "luster" can refer to a superficial attractiveness or appearance of excellence; it follows that "lackluster" is often used as a synonym for "unspectacular," as in our examples.
First Known Use of lackluster
LACKLUSTER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of lackluster for English Language Learners
: lacking excitement or interest
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