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From luster +‎ -less.



lusterless (comparative more lusterless, superlative most lusterless)

  1. Without luster, dull, not shiny, flat or matte finished.
    • 1844, Edgar Allan Poe, ‘The Premature Burial’:
      The lips were of the usual marble pallor. The eyes were lustreless.
    • 1961, V. S. Naipaul, A House for Mr Biswas, Vintage International, 2001, Part Two, Chapter 5,
      His Chevrolet was larger, but old and unwashed; the mudguards had been dented, cut, welded; one door had been ducoed in a lustreless colour that did not exactly match []
  2. Without brilliance, unremarkable.
    • 1967, William Trevor, "Children of the Headmaster," in Collected Stories, Penguin, 1992, p. 1237,
      The school was a triumph for her husband after a lustreless career in Hong Kong, but it had brought her low.
    Synonym: lackluster