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

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 \ intransitive verb
underachievement \ˌən-dər-ə-ˈchēv-mənt \ noun

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Exciting to fall under .500 and be widely recognized as the biggest underachievers in baseball on the Fourth of July? Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Nationals spinning out of control under rookie manager Dave Martinez," 7 July 2018 Still, Transnet remained an underachiever, its ports inadequate, its freight rail system moribund. New York Times, "How McKinsey Lost Its Way in South Africa," 26 June 2018 Washington has been this season’s biggest underachiever. Tom Verducci, SI.com, "Nine Innings: How Bryce Harper Is Trying to Revive His Season, What We Learned in the First Half and More," 9 July 2018 Japan will take on Poland in their final FIFA World Cup Group H match in Volgograd on Thursday, in a clash between one of the tournament's surprise packages and one of its most shocking underachievers. SI.com, "World Cup Preview: Japan vs Poland - Recent Form, Team News, Predicted Lineups & More," 27 June 2018 Dallas Mavericks: Trae Young, PG, Oklahoma 6 feet 2 inches, 180 pounds Young is either the next Steph Curry or a mistake-prone underachiever who has already been figured out by the competition. Benjamin Hoffman, New York Times, "2018 N.B.A. Draft Results: Analysis of Every Pick in Round 1," 21 June 2018 The win is not to be underestimated: Mexico, sometimes a World Cup underachiever, has the blend of ability and belief to rise to the top of one of the World Cup’s hardest groups. Editors, USA TODAY, "Here's the biggest news you missed this weekend," 17 June 2018 What next for one of the underachievers of international football? Steve Douglas, chicagotribune.com, "World Cup Countdown: England looking to break streak of disappointment in Russia," 9 June 2018 Trailing 54–43 and in disarray at the half, the Warriors were 24 minutes away from becoming the NBA’s biggest underachievers of the 21st century. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "The Warriors Survive, But Prove They're No Longer Untouchable," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of underachiever

1952, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

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 \ noun

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