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[lak-luhs-ter] /ˈlækˌlʌs tər/

brilliance or radiance; dull:
lackluster eyes.
liveliness, vitality, spirit, or enthusiasm:
a lackluster performance.
a of brilliance or vitality.
lacking force, brilliance, or vitality

chiefly British English spelling of lackluster (q.v.); for spelling, see -re.

also lack-luster, c.1600, first attested in “As You Like It,” from lack + luster. Combinations with lack- were frequent in 16c., e.g. lackland (1590s), of a landless man; lack-Latin (1530s), of an ignorant priest.


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