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Below you will find the definition of lackluster, followed by 47 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.


(adjective) - lacking luster or shine

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EXAMPLES - Lackluster in a Sentence

  1. "Perry fatigue" is what the pollsters called his lackluster numbers. (source)
  2. Doesn't it seem that this fall seems kind of lackluster for women on TV? (source)
  3. Senate race in Massachusetts on what they described as a lackluster campaign. (source)
  4. His fundraising has been lackluster, which is the kindest word that I can summon. (source)
  5. Uninspired Estrada exits American super heavyweight loses in lackluster performance. (source)
  6. Others fault the city for what they call lackluster attempts at outreach and law enforcement. (source)
  7. He's incredible but, you have to admit if you're being honest, he can be kind of lackluster at times. (source)
  8. Martin O'Malley, criticizing the incumbent for what he called a lackluster legislative session Tuesday. (source)
  9. ASX said the value of trades in January was "lackluster," but saw a recovery in the first half of February. (source)
  10. With grades he described as "lackluster" - he had an A - average-he settled for the University of Rochester. (source)
  11. Volume died after the opening and today's session could best be characterized as lackluster and non-eventful. (source)
  12. The report is based on a forecast that the recession will end late this year, followed by a "lackluster" recovery. (source)
  13. Coakley began the race as a heavy favorite, but was criticized for what some characterized as a lackluster campaign. (source)
  14. While the brokerage rates Jamba at hold and says "we still like the brand," it predicts "lackluster" first-quarter results. (source)
  15. Crisis management expert Larry Barton called Apple's response "lackluster" and "borderline irresponsible," writes Cult of Mac. (source)
  16. Since that recommendation, Hain shares have been languishing amidst what analysts characterized as a lackluster quarterly results. (source)
  17. In fact Krekorian's staff is so good that eventually Wendy Greuel outsourced constituent calls her lackluster staff could not handle. (source)
  18. Critics have given Michael Schumacher a hard time all season so far over what can charitably be characterized as lackluster performance. (source)
  19. The response from the San Francisco Police Department was a peevish denial that their investigation was "lackluster," and I'm inclined to agree with them. (source)
  20. According to the LA Times, the achievement results at another of its schools, Locke high school, have been "lackluster," despite substantially increased funding. (source)
  21. So far this year, outbound Shanghai for over 2 billion yuan has been termed a lackluster move by net profit fell 45 percent to 5.22 billion yuan ($768 million) under (source)
  22. Luckily for me, my editor, the late, great Russell "Derry" D'Oench, who had been kind of lackluster in his criticism of the war to that point, agreed with my sentiment. (source)
  23. Wall Street Journal op-ed characterizes the president's efforts to repeal "don't ask, don't tell" as "lackluster" - and many in our community would call that charitable. (source)
  24. Citi Research analyst Brian Chin called the deal "lackluster" and "expensive," but added that FirstEnergy remains cheap "given that the stock was already trading inexpensively." (source)
  25. The company's tycoon owner, Oleg Deripaska, Russia's richest man before the financial crisis, called the lackluster performance "reasonable" given recent declines in global markets. (source)
  26. And yet, in a later scene, Franz happens across the same pile of bodies again, only this time they seem to be engaged in a kind of lackluster orgy, which Franz shrugs and joins in on. (source)
  27. Trade was described as lackluster, with 2 of the major market participants, farmers and millers, not entering the market, according to Claudio Marchetti, a trader at First National Bank. (source)
  28. Margins will be pressured by "lackluster" product assortments, weaker productivity growth, a lower spread between sales and inventory growth, and rising apparel costs, the analysts wrote. (source)
  29. Those include what the report characterized as lackluster product launches planned for the U.S., a planned restructuring of European operations that is lagging and increasing competition in emerging markets abroad. (source)
  30. He is widely credited with having coached Reagan to victory in the second presidential debate with Walter Mondale after Reagan had disappointed his partisans with what some call a lackluster effort in the first debate. (source)
  31. Other board members are less opposed to a sale, but they regard Sanofi's initial offer of $69 a share, or $18.4 billion, as "lackluster," even as a starting point for sale negotiations, people familiar with the matter said. (source)
  32. Even when early problems on the 2008 campaign trail (such as lackluster fund-raising in the first quarter of 2007) resulted in some uncharacteristically critical coverage for McCain, the elements of the myth remained intact. (source)
  33. What social scientists here call lackluster results in fighting poverty have become a campaign issue ahead of May elections, in which Colombian voters will elect a president to succeed Uribe, Washington's closest ally on the continent. (source)
  34. In arguably the most exciting crit nationals in years, first-year pro Daniel Holloway (Bissell) turned around what he called a lackluster season to finish fourth and secure the stars-and-stripes jersey ahead of Ken Hanson (Team Type 1). (source)
  35. a rich production history, the final product feels decidedly lackluster, which is not a reflection on the actual craftsmanship of the movie, which is top-notch, as is the beautiful, newly-cleaned-up print that played at Cannes last year. (source)
  36. The decision to push ahead with a November IPO for GM in the face of a "lackluster" market, for example, was clearly a political call by the Obama administration eager to show progress in paying back taxpayers, Morningstar's Whiston said. (source)
  37. The article had to get in a hack at the "lackluster" performance of Chen Shui-bian -- how about a mention of the opposition-dominated legislature that has blocked a dozen major bills and paralyzed at least three branches of our government? (source)
  38. China stocks drop to 7-wk low; HK shares join slide commodity prices By Parvathy Ullatil & Claire Zhang HONG Shanghai for over 2 billion yuan has been termed a lackluster move by markets have been in the grip of a growing speculative frenzy. (source)
  39. London It says something about the parlous state of relations between Washington and London that a Democratic American president can use words like "lackluster," "depressing" and "dour" to describe a prime minister from the British Labour party. (source)
  40. It's not important who his opponent was (the man would hit anything that moved); even though his career with Carolina-and in the NHL in general-could be described as lackluster, Boulerice left a lasting impression on at least one youngster watching. (source)
  41. HONG KONG (Reuters) - U.S. billionaire Warren Buffett intends to raise his stake in car and battery maker BYD Co Ltd (), BYD's chairman said on Monday, sending shares in his company Shanghai for over 2 billion yuan has been termed a lackluster move by (source)
  42. A baseball cap pulled down over his eyes after his Capitals lost to the Kings 5-4 Thursday night, the usually exuberant Ovechkin instead wanted to discuss what he and coach Bruce Boudreau both described as a lackluster performance that ended Washington's three-game winning streak. (source)
  43. A baseball cap pulled down over his eyes after his Capitals lost to the Kings 5-4 on Thursday night, the usually exuberant Ovechkin instead wanted to discuss what he and coach Bruce Boudreau both described as a lackluster performance that ended Washington's three-game winning streak. (source)
  44. In what can be gently described as a lackluster ballot highlighted by a handful of legitimate borderline candidates and a couple of steroid-tainted cheaters, the Baseball Writers Association of America have finally opened the pearly gates to the hallowed halls of Cooperstown for Barry Larkin in his third year of eligibility. (source)
  45. While her political future may be up in the air, Sarah Palin's populist star wattage remains undeniable as she basks in an undimmed political limelight for a core of supporters bored by what they describe as a lackluster Republican Party leadership and angry at the Obama administration's expansion of government and imposition of power. (source)
  46. However, in this case, given the statement regarding Branagh's directing abilities being "lackluster" once I picked my jaw up off of the floor at the myopic dopery required to THINK something like that, much less commit the synaptic resources to type and post it, even though others have already given their takes on it, I felt like I had to say something. (source)
  47. Figure skater Sasha Cohen hopes to put it all together to reach Games ain't gonna happen. too many other great skaters with determination and drive. she must have a real good pr firm. cause it just is not all that exciting. if i were one of the other girls i would sue for being called a lackluster lineup. lotta nerve. my guess is she will NOT make the Olympic team. (source)

Sentence Information

The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 47 example sentences provided below is 43.0, which suggests that "lackluster" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.


We have 27 synonyms for lackluster.

blah, blind, boring, colorless, dark, dead, dim, drab, draggy, dry, flat, ho-hum, laid-back, leaden, lusterless, matte, muted, nothing, obscure, pabulum, prosaic, sombre, unimaginative, uninspired, vanilla, vapid, zero


We have 6 antonyms for lackluster.

bright, enthusiastic, lively, shining, shiny, spirited


Pronunciation: (lăkˈlŭsˌtər)

Syllabification: lack-ter


View up to 25 definitions of lackluster from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.

from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
  1. (adjective) Lacking brightness, luster, or vitality; dull. See Synonyms at dull.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
  1. (adjective) Lacking brilliance or intelligence
  2. (adjective) Having no shine or lustre; dull
  3. (adjective) Not exceptional; not worthy of special merit, attention, or interest; having no vitality

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
  1. (noun) A lack of luster.
  2. (adjective) Wanting luster or brightness.
  3. (adjective) Lacking spirit, liveliness, or enthusiasm; dull.
  4. (adjective) Mediocre.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  1. (None) Wanting luster or brightness; dull; languid; said of the eyes.
  2. (noun) A want of luster, or that which lacks brightness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
  1. (adjective) lacking luster or shine
  2. (adjective) lacking brilliance or vitality