lackluster was our Word of the Day on 02/07/2013. Hear the podcast!
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Recent Examples of lackluster from the Web
The three Democratic debates to date have been lackluster affairs on the whole, but Schiavoni has gone on the offensive.
Embrace a little bit of fun and don't show up to festivals this summer in any kind of lackluster anything, amp it up.
The rising Australian singer-songwriter, born Kaity Dunstan, sings about escaping the frustrations of a lackluster romance (or at least attempting to) with airy but soulful vocals that instantly draws comparisons to Adele, Lana Del Rey and Birdy.
Consumer and retail research firm NPD Group found that after several years of lackluster returns, skin-care sales grew by 9 percent in the U.S. last year.
But RBC Capital Markets analyst Amit Daryanani believes Apple's reported iPhone sales during the past quarter will be higher than anticipated and the projections for the current quarter won't be as lackluster as many people fear.
Chop with dull knives and a dull, lackluster flavor will magically waft into your dish.
Even more unfortunate is the lackluster and ultimately annoying Parson Henry, who comes more to the fore at this point, leaving the film none the better for it; the further truth is that David Zellner can’t hold his own with the other actors.
Tuesday night's episode documents the Pearson family's lackluster Super Bowl party.
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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.
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