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underachiever

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noun un·der·achiev·er \ˌən-dər-ə-ˈchē-vər\

Simple Definition of underachiever

  • : someone (such as a student or athlete) who does not perform as well or work as hard as he or she can

Full Definition of underachiever

  1. :  one (as a student) that fails to attain a predicted level of achievement or does not do as well as expected

un·der·achieve play \-ə-ˈchēv\ intransitive verb
un·der·achieve·ment play \-mənt\ noun

1952

First Known Use of underachiever

1952


Medical Dictionary

underachiever

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noun un·der·achiev·er \ˌən-dər-ə-ˈchē-vər\

Medical Definition of underachiever

  1. :  a person (as a student) who fails to achieve his or her potential or does not do as well as expected

  2. un·der·achieve \-ˈchēv\ intransitive verb, un·der·achieved un·der·achiev·ing
    un·der·achieve·ment \-mənt\play noun




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