Under whelm


[uhn-der-hwelm, -welm]
verb (used with object) Informal.
to fail to interest or astonish: After all the ballyhoo, most critics were underwhelmed by the movie.

1945–50; under- + (over)whelm

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underwhelm (ˌʌndəˈwɛlm)
(tr) to make no positive impact or impression on; disappoint
[C20: originally a humorous coinage based on overwhelm]

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1956, a facetious play on overwhelm.
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