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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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 Another boy, Adun Sam-on, is the overachiever of the group, with a 3.94 GPA and trophies in everything from volleyball to futsal, according to friends and teachers. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "Four Boys Rescued From Flooded Thai Cave," 8 July 2018 Benenati said the oldest child, a boy named Irayan, loved video games and was an overachiever at school. Washington Post, "Hostage-taker had been arrested weeks before standoff," 12 June 2018 Outside of matchups against Alabama, FSU and Clemson, Louisville could be a team in transition or an overachiever this season. Safid Deen, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Louisville moves on without Lamar Jackson, is No. 66 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 22 June 2018 While not generally printed on their business cards, the overachievers among us take this job just as seriously as their issued title. Josh Linkner, Detroit Free Press, "Your second (and most important) job," 16 June 2018 Who used to be a total overachiever and then graduated and … got kind of strange? Cari Romm, The Cut, "How to Actually Have Fun at Your College Reunion," 15 June 2018 And there was Reggie (Marque Richardson), a genial overachiever who found himself at the end of a campus-security officer’s gun in the first season’s most wrenching episode. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Dear White People Is Both Timely and Timeless," 5 May 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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