over·​achiev·​er | \ˌō-vər-ə-ˈchē-vər \

Definition of overachiever 

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

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Other Words from overachiever

overachieve \ˌō-​vər-​ə-​ˈchēv \ intransitive verb
overachievement \ˌō-​vər-​ə-​ˈchēv-​mənt \ noun

Examples of overachiever in a Sentence

She is an overachiever who plans to attend a top college.

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According to an Instagram hashtag included on one of her Elite promo photos, Mina El Hammani will play Nadia, an overachiever wrapped up in the Las Encinas murder scandal. Marilyn La Jeunesse, Teen Vogue, "Meet the Cast of "Elite," Netflix's Thrilling New Mystery Series," 2 Oct. 2018 At just 16 years old, Kaley received her high school degree, CBS reports – a sign of just how much of an overachiever Kaley was, even at such a young age. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "How Kaley Cuoco Became One of the Highest-Paid Women on TV," 23 Aug. 2018 Okay, this all-inclusive toothbrush is a true overachiever. Tanisha Pina, Allure, "13 Beauty Essentials You Should Stock Up On During Amazon Prime Day," 16 July 2018 As for Defense Against the Dark Arts, that's the horizontal line with one crazy outlier—one annoying overachiever who studies for 19 hours and aces the test will artificially strengthen the average by a lot. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The math of why it’s so hard to build a spherical Death Star in space," 18 Sep. 2018 Which signs are the biggest overachievers, according to Nobel Prize wins?? Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "Which Zodiac Sign Has the Most Nobel Prize Winners? The Answer May Surprise You, Unless You're a Gemini," 27 Aug. 2018 The type was even named after one of her characters: the Tracy Flick type, the type-A overachiever that Witherspoon channeled to perfection in Election and has played with variations again and again over the course of her career. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Kathleen Turner dragged a high-paid actress for having no range. Here’s who it might be.," 7 Aug. 2018 In doing so, the Pacers have struck the most delicate balance of al l— especially for an overachiever like themselves. Matthew Glenesk, Indianapolis Star, "In rare twist, Indiana Pacers are NBA free agency winners for once," 9 July 2018 This was a banner year for overachievers: The 10 tanking teams helped out by inflating win totals and the defending finalists—Golden State and Cleveland—further set the table by slogging through underwhelming campaigns. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "2018 NBA Awards Picks: Has James Harden Finally Earned His MVP Moment?," 11 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of overachiever

1939, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of overachiever

: someone who has much more success than is normal or expected especially at a young age


over·​achiev·​er | \ˌō-və-rə-ˈchē-vər \

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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