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Recent Examples of lackluster from the Web
Canopy's research showed that focusing on common spaces often meant that rooms were lackluster.
But throughout the season, the Lakers coaches have noticed those bursts of energy interwoven with more lackluster spurts.
From an ad perspective, Twitter’s tepid user growth and lackluster revenue trends presented a less-than-rosy picture.
WASHINGTON — Americans increased their retail spending just slightly in November, a possible sign of lackluster holiday shopping.
But many economists agree that lackluster GDP growth could be attributable to a number of factors.
As far as execution, the kid gets points off for those lackluster pull-ups.
His long layoff and lackluster London training showed.
The big victory put Madrid into the Champions League semifinals for the sixth consecutive year and kept alive its chances of turning around what has been, by its standards, a lackluster season across all competitions.
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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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