underachiever

noun
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

Other Words from underachiever

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

Examples of underachiever in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In this interpretation, Wenwu looms as the big bad tiger dad to Shang-Chi, the gifted underachiever who’s gone West and gone soft. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 31 Aug. 2021 Last week, due almost entirely to a lack of viewer awareness, Chiu barely avoided elimination against ballroom underachiever Martin Kove. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 5 Oct. 2021 The quick version of what happened is this: ASU was a constant underachiever in basketball. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 4 Oct. 2021 In this interpretation, Wenwu looms as the big bad tiger dad to Shang-Chi, the gifted underachiever who’s gone West and gone soft. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 31 Aug. 2021 In this interpretation, Wenwu looms as the big bad tiger dad to Shang-Chi, the gifted underachiever who’s gone West and gone soft. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 31 Aug. 2021 Zendaya is by no means an underachiever: In addition to releasing songs and albums, at the age of 25, she's already starred in multiple movies and the hit TV show Euphoria. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, 8 Sep. 2021 In this interpretation, Wenwu looms as the big bad tiger dad to Shang-Chi, the gifted underachiever who’s gone West and gone soft. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 31 Aug. 2021 In this interpretation, Wenwu looms as the big bad tiger dad to Shang-Chi, the gifted underachiever who’s gone West and gone soft. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 31 Aug. 2021

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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 30 Nov. 2021.

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underachiever

noun

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

underachiever

noun
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 underachiever (audio) \ noun

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