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.

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The Bucks already have wins over the Sixers, Raptors and the merry band of scrappy overachievers called the Warriors. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "There’s a LeBron-Shaped Hole in Half of the NBA," 15 Nov. 2018 The common denominator is a Type-A overachiever, either between jobs or having recently sold off their company—or just at a meltdown point of complete work and personal life imbalance. Marisa Meltzer, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Latest Travel Trend? Super Sabbaticals," 24 Dec. 2018 The first half of the movie represents the idealized version of modern crime: the indulgent, arrogant operation of overachievers. Vogue, "The Best New Year’s Eve–Theme Movies and TV Shows to Watch Tonight," 31 Dec. 2018 Rick Caruso has been an overachiever since high school, says Bill Allen, a former TV executive and now chief executive of the L.A. County Economic Development Corporation. Christina Binkley, WSJ, "The Man Who Could Save Retail," 17 Sep. 2018 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

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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 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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