un·​der·​achiev·​er | \ ˌən-dər-ə-ˈchē-vər How to pronounce underachiever (audio) \

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

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Other Words from underachiever

underachieve \ ˌən-​dər-​ə-​ˈchēv How to pronounce underachieve (audio) \ intransitive verb
underachievement \ ˌən-​dər-​ə-​ˈchēv-​mənt How to pronounce underachievement (audio) \ noun

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Recent Examples on the Web Rivers takes over a team that finished a disappointing 43-30 in the Eastern Conference, lost to the Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs and has been labeled an underachiever. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Doc Rivers will take over as new Sixers coach, days after parting ways with Clippers," 1 Oct. 2020 Two weeks ago, Pettis, to my eye, was an underachiever whose late-season banishment by head coach Kyle Shanahan foreshadowed a pink slip to come this summer. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "49ers’ 53-man roster projection: Pettis, Hasty, Daniels, Cyprien make the cut," 1 Sep. 2020 But a great underachiever on soccer's biggest stage. Jon Leicester, chicagotribune.com, "The World Cup delivers unforgiving verdict for Lionel Messi," 30 June 2018 Before Dantonio’s arrival in East Lansing, the Spartans had a reputation as chronic underachievers. Bill Rabinowitz, Detroit Free Press, "Urban Meyer still haunted by a loss to Mark Dantonio, stunned by Michigan State coach's retirement," 4 Feb. 2020 Providence started the season 6-6 and was labeled the biggest underachiever in the country. Kevin Mcnamara, USA TODAY, "Opinion: UCLA, Texas and Providence making most of second chances on way to NCAA tournament," 3 Mar. 2020 An injury-prone underachiever for much of his career, Rodriguez tied for the American League lead with 34 starts last season. Peter Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, "Red Sox need a healthy Eduardo Rodriguez," 29 Feb. 2020 These great clubs are two of European football’s biggest underachievers at a continental level. SI.com, "UEFA Champions League: The 5 Must Watch Group Stage Fixtures of Matchday 1," 16 Sep. 2019 Although there's still much to unfold in the next three months before March Madness begins, here's a look at some of college hoops' biggest overachievers and underachievers through November's game slate. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "College basketball's biggest underachievers and overachievers in opening month," 2 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of underachiever

1952, in the meaning defined above

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“Underachiever.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underachiever. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of underachiever

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


un·​der·​achiev·​er | \ ˌən-dər-ə-ˈchē-vər How to pronounce underachiever (audio) \

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

Other Words from underachiever

underachieve \ -​ˈchēv \ intransitive verb underachieved; underachieving
underachievement \ -​mənt How to pronounce underachievement (audio) \ noun

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