over·​achiev·​er | \ ˌō-vər-ə-ˈchē-vər How to pronounce overachiever (audio) \

Definition of overachiever

: one who achieves success over and above the standard or expected level especially at an early age

Other Words from overachiever

overachieve \ ˌō-​vər-​ə-​ˈchēv How to pronounce overachiever (audio) \ intransitive verb
overachievement \ ˌō-​vər-​ə-​ˈchēv-​mənt How to pronounce overachiever (audio) \ noun

Examples of overachiever in a Sentence

She is an overachiever who plans to attend a top college.
Recent Examples on the Web The 25th entry in the Pixar feature canon centers on 13-year-old overachiever Mei (voiced by Rosalie Chiang). Lacey Vorrasi-banis, EW.com, 11 Mar. 2022 The dutiful daughter of a perfectionist mother, Ming ( Sandra Oh ), Mei is an overachiever who may well become a United Nations secretary-general, as her mom expects. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, 10 Mar. 2022 Described as an overachiever by her sister, Maggie, who was set to graduate in the spring, was involved in many extracurricular activities at school and was always the first to volunteer. NBC News, 2 Jan. 2022 As Marty wraps up his totally hilarious and inappropriate practice session with the rabbi and teen overachiever Emily, Ike lies like a predator in wait. Erin Qualey, Vulture, 13 Nov. 2021 Those were the stories that sold Degree on a partnership with the undersized overachiever. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 3 Nov. 2021 Ridder shook Kelly’s hand, then spent a few moments with Pyne, the scrawny little overachiever from Connecticut, before wrapping his right hand around Freeman’s shoulders for a quick hug. Mike Berardino, Forbes, 2 Oct. 2021 Colleagues and enemies and journalists and onlookers press many names to him: mogul, hitmaker, overachiever, genius, puppeteer, megalomaniac. Amy X. Wang, Rolling Stone, 9 Sep. 2021 Reconceived as a cheerleader and an extracurricular overachiever who identifies with Connor’s mental condition, as opposed to a narcissist looking to ride his tragedy to glory, the new-and-improved Alana elevates the tone of the entire film. Peter Debruge, Variety, 9 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of overachiever

1939, in the meaning defined above

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over·​achiev·​er | \ ˌō-və-rə-ˈchē-vər How to pronounce overachiever (audio) \

Medical Definition of overachiever

: one who achieves success over and above the standard or expected level especially at an early age

Other Words from overachiever

overachieve intransitive verb overachieved; overachieving

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