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Recent Examples of lackluster from the Web
Murray Webb had been a lackluster student more interested in sports than schoolwork while attending a small Virginia college.
Although the state posted an increase in jobs in January and February, the back-to-back losses in March and April point to a lackluster job market in Connecticut.
In a recent interview with ESSENCE, Siyonbola said the school’s lackluster response to the incident has left her frustrated.
Danny Mackey, a coach at Brooks Beast Track Club, says that the most important consideration for avoiding these lackluster miles is finding consistency in a training regimen.
The presumption was that the enigmatic 32-year-old would be nothing more than a role player, especially after his lackluster tenure in Chicago.
The former was a lackluster take on the dish and partnered with awkward condiments as well.
Sweet Potatoes Adding these beta-carotene-rich starches into your daily diet can actually combat lackluster complexions.
Simmons thinks his lackluster performance was more of a mental thing than Boston’s defense.
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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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