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Recent Examples of lackluster from the Web
Exxon’s production has declined in the past five years, and the company has delivered lackluster financial results.
The schools instead became charters, publicly funded alternatives to existing schools that got lackluster results in the inner cities of Baltimore and Philadelphia, where Whittle had been awarded contracts.
Tunsil, Miami's first-round pick in 2016, had a lackluster season as the Dolphins' starting left tackle in 2017.
The slowly unfolding plan at GE is happening as P&G continues to sputter, generating lackluster results even as Peltz joined the board in March.
The fall for the Tigers was up and down, with the football team losing to Notre Dame in the Citrus Bowl and the recruiting season also ending with lackluster results.
From a lackluster season from guard Grayson Allen, to an under-the-rader, sneaky-good year from Gary Trent Jr., the Blue Devils have plenty of assets mixed in with an handful issues to deal with in the final weeks of the season.
Meanwhile, Huff's offensive production has been lackluster to this point in the NFL.
But in Indonesia, government involvement has been lackluster.
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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.
LACKLUSTER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of lackluster for English Language Learners
: lacking excitement or interest
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