underachiever

noun un·der·achiev·er \ ˌən-dər-ə-ˈchē-vər \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of underachiever

: one (such as a student) that fails to attain a predicted level of achievement or does not do as well as expected

underachieve

play \ˌən-dər-ə-ˈchēv\ intransitive verb

underachievement

play \ˌən-dər-ə-ˈchēv-mənt\ noun

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First Known Use of underachiever

1952


UNDERACHIEVER Defined for English Language Learners

underachiever

noun

Definition of underachiever for English Language Learners

  • : someone (such as a student or athlete) who does not perform as well or work as hard as he or she can


Medical Dictionary

underachiever

noun un·der·achiev·er \ ˌən-dər-ə-ˈchē-vər \

medical Definition of underachiever

: a person (as a student) who fails to attain a predicted level of achievement or does not do as well as expected

underachieve

\-ˈchēv\ intransitive verb underachieved; underachieving

underachievement

play \-mənt\ noun

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