[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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Word Origin & History

1956, a facetious play on overwhelm.
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Example sentences
Should they continue to underwhelm in the coming months, investors are likely to withdraw their money.
So the general rule when it comes to learning and memory is underwhelm, don't overwhelm.
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