Definition of lackluster in US English:


(British lacklustre)


  • 1Lacking in vitality, force, or conviction; uninspired or uninspiring.

    ‘no excuses were made for the team's lackluster performance’
    • ‘Duncan Smith's uninspiring leadership and his lacklustre shadow cabinet failed to make any initial impact on the electorate.’
    • ‘Janis Joplin is the only artist at the top of her game; most of the other groups give lackluster and bland performances of their songs.’
    • ‘We've even used it at our Shape recipe taste tests - to spice up a lackluster frittata and an uninspired sandwich.’
    • ‘The quality of the video is also pretty lackluster, sporting weak black levels and generally dull colors.’
    • ‘He became a brilliant campaigner for his new party, far surpassing the lacklustre performance of his liberal and social democratic opponents.’
    • ‘The brewer said lackluster demand at bars and clubs was compounded by the dollar's drop against the euro.’
    • ‘The Japanese track is simple stereo, which seems lackluster in comparison to the English dub.’
    • ‘The lacklustre second-quarter performance has fuelled fears the economy could dip back into recession.’
    • ‘Some iconic works have been imitated so often that the original, viewed years later, seems to appear faded and lacklustre.’
    • ‘That will make their next year of study dull and lacklustre.’
    • ‘A very lacklustre performance meant that the Killarney side made a tame exit from the glamour competition of Irish basketball.’
    • ‘The simple tricks are easy to execute, but the lackluster gameplay doesn't make combos any easier.’
    • ‘Its stock market performance has been lacklustre and investors are being advised to stay away until full-year results are revealed next month.’
    • ‘But Japan has been wrestling for more than a decade with falling prices and a lacklustre economic performance.’
    • ‘That's about all there is to the game, but just because the formula is simple, didn't need to mean the gameplay was lackluster.’
    • ‘Sadly, the good vibes wore off very quickly as we became depressed by the gauzy colours, dark underpainting and lackluster watercolours.’
    • ‘The scholarship is substantial, but the writing is a bit dull and lackluster.’
    • ‘It's better to have loved and lost than to be in a lacklustre and uninspiring relationship for the rest of your life.’
    • ‘Skynet's performance and the lacklustre response prompted a more socially focused experience.’
    • ‘Real-life DIs are generally lacklustre, dead-pan and dull - if you want proof, watch Crimewatch.’
    uninspired, uninspiring, unimaginative, dull, humdrum, colourless, characterless, bland, insipid, vapid, flat, dry, lifeless, listless, tame, tired, prosaic, mundane, run-of-the-mill, commonplace, spiritless, lustreless, apathetic, torpid, unanimated
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    1. 1.1 (of the hair or the eyes) not shining; dull.
      • ‘The coffee was strong, her grey eyes lacklustre, her dull hair stringy, just like during the torn days.’
      • ‘Instead of the normal, clear bright eyes that she had engraved in her mind, these eyes were bloodshot and lackluster.’
      • ‘What's the best way to add sparkle to lacklustre hair?’
      • ‘Its nourishing shea butter formula also gives conditioning shine to lackluster locks.’
      • ‘He comes nearer and nearer, sizes up his victim with his bulging lacklustre eyes and drives it mad.’
      • ‘Unless you live in the tropics, even the most toned among us is apt to uncover lackluster skin when summer comes.’
      • ‘Now your skin is lackluster and your eyes are sporting dark shadows.’