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

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Other Words from overachiever

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

Examples of overachiever in a Sentence

She is an overachiever who plans to attend a top college.
Recent Examples on the Web Andrew Davies, the indefatigable overachiever of British literary adapters, expands on the novel Jane Austen abandoned before her death. Mike Hale, New York Times, "The 50 TV Shows You Need to Watch This Winter," 2 Jan. 2020 Kim Paykel, program director, EYX—Paykel leads a team of overachievers who build new things and solve problems for EY and its clients. Quartz, "Meet the Quartz UK Pros!," 19 Dec. 2019 In many ways, the NASA astronaut class of 2013 was typical: full of overachievers, the best of the best, chosen from more than 6,000 applicants. Washington Post, "At NASA, 2019 was the year of the woman, yet women still are a big minority at the space agency," 26 Nov. 2019 Not only did the film premiere, but Beyoncé (the consummate overachiever) also released a surprise album titled Homecoming: The Live Album. Essence, "Kelly Rowland Says Beyoncé's 'Homecoming' 'Was Robbed' At The Emmy Awards," 1 Oct. 2019 But Danny’s Miguel is an overachiever, quite similar to EZ. Lynette Rice, EW.com, "Mayans M.C. producer on tonight's BIG Reyes family reveal," 25 Sep. 2019 Pressure cookers are the overachievers of kitchen gadgets. Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, "This popular Instant Pot model is at its lowest price ever for Prime Day," 11 July 2019 The airline wasn’t an overachiever in the customer service department, which may have led to its untimely demise. Christopher Elliott, King Features Syndicate, The Mercury News, "Travel Troubleshooter: One last WOW Air refund case for the road," 11 Aug. 2019 To continue reading this story, TRY IT NOW Several years after losing her leg and settling in San Antonio, Patel — an overachiever — created the city’s first amputee support group. Megan Rodriguez, ExpressNews.com, "Founder of San Antonio amputee foundation talks about two decades of changing lives," 5 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of overachiever

1939, in the meaning defined above

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Cite this Entry

“Overachiever.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overachiever. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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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 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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