Definition of lusterless in US English:

lusterless

(British lustreless)

adjective

  • Not bright or shiny; dull.

    ‘a lusterless complexion’
    • ‘If the person inhales inadequately, then the face will appear pale and lusterless.’
    • ‘Once the chemical state of the scalp alters, scales buid up and the hair become dry and lustreless.’
    • ‘This resulted in symptoms of shortness of breath and a lusterless facial complexion.’
    • ‘If these symptoms are accompanied with a lusterless complexion, dizziness, pale tongue and lips, and a thready pulse, then these are heart blood deficiency syndromes.’
    • ‘In a dark rocky cave, a giant octopus spread its long, writhing tentacles in search of its prey, and gazed the while through the water with large lustreless eyes.’
    • ‘Mitch and I imagined ourselves refinishing the lusterless hardwood floors in the living and dining rooms.’
    • ‘I could understand his regarding it as of small importance when I looked at it, for the metal was almost black and the stones lustreless and dull.’
    • ‘Symptoms may include obesity, dry skin and hair, both of which tend to be lusterless, low blood pressure, slow pulse, sluggishness of all functions, depressed muscular activity and goiter.’
    • ‘He looked old, his eyes were lustreless, his breathing laboured.’
    • ‘I love the way he always pushes his lusterless hair out of his eyes.’
    • ‘The stage is lusterless, the direction inert, the action scrappy, and every invitation for theatrical excitement turned aside.’
    • ‘Examination found that the patient lacked spirit, and had a lusterless face.’
    • ‘What was ordinary yesterday becomes precious today, and what was precious yesterday seems dull and lusterless.’
    dull, lacklustre, matt, flat, unburnished, unpolished, tarnished, dingy, dim, dark, drab
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Pronunciation

lusterless

/ˈləstərləs//ˈləstərləs/