Definition of lackluster in US English:

lackluster

(British lacklustre)

adjective

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

    ‘no excuses were made for the team's lackluster performance’
    • ‘Real-life DIs are generally lacklustre, dead-pan and dull - if you want proof, watch Crimewatch.’
    • ‘It's better to have loved and lost than to be in a lacklustre and uninspiring relationship for the rest of your life.’
    • ‘But Japan has been wrestling for more than a decade with falling prices and a lacklustre economic performance.’
    • ‘Sadly, the good vibes wore off very quickly as we became depressed by the gauzy colours, dark underpainting and lackluster watercolours.’
    • ‘The quality of the video is also pretty lackluster, sporting weak black levels and generally dull colors.’
    • ‘The simple tricks are easy to execute, but the lackluster gameplay doesn't make combos any easier.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The scholarship is substantial, but the writing is a bit dull and lackluster.’
    • ‘He became a brilliant campaigner for his new party, far surpassing the lacklustre performance of his liberal and social democratic opponents.’
    • ‘A very lacklustre performance meant that the Killarney side made a tame exit from the glamour competition of Irish basketball.’
    • ‘The Japanese track is simple stereo, which seems lackluster in comparison to the English dub.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Its stock market performance has been lacklustre and investors are being advised to stay away until full-year results are revealed next month.’
    • ‘That will make their next year of study dull and lacklustre.’
    • ‘We've even used it at our Shape recipe taste tests - to spice up a lackluster frittata and an uninspired sandwich.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Duncan Smith's uninspiring leadership and his lacklustre shadow cabinet failed to make any initial impact on the electorate.’
    • ‘Skynet's performance and the lacklustre response prompted a more socially focused experience.’
    • ‘The brewer said lackluster demand at bars and clubs was compounded by the dollar's drop against the euro.’
    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.
      • ‘Its nourishing shea butter formula also gives conditioning shine to lackluster locks.’
      • ‘Unless you live in the tropics, even the most toned among us is apt to uncover lackluster skin when summer comes.’
      • ‘What's the best way to add sparkle to lacklustre hair?’
      • ‘The coffee was strong, her grey eyes lacklustre, her dull hair stringy, just like during the torn days.’
      • ‘Now your skin is lackluster and your eyes are sporting dark shadows.’
      • ‘He comes nearer and nearer, sizes up his victim with his bulging lacklustre eyes and drives it mad.’
      • ‘Instead of the normal, clear bright eyes that she had engraved in her mind, these eyes were bloodshot and lackluster.’

Pronunciation

lackluster

/ˈlakˌləstər/