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underwhelm

[uhn-der-hwelm, -welm] /ˌʌn dərˈʰwɛlm, -ˈwɛlm/
verb (used with object), Informal.
1.
to fail to interest or astonish:
After all the ballyhoo, most critics were underwhelmed by the movie.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50; under- + (over)whelm
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  • There is much anticipation of his arrival, but when he turns out to be a walrus, the kids are underwhelmed.
  • Upon breaking the seal, however, you may find yourself rather underwhelmed.
  • Going so far over the top that you're audience is underwhelmed.
  • Business travellers may want something more sober and could well be underwhelmed by the discounted price.
  • Finally, students risk finding themselves over- or underwhelmed with the work expectations or cultural realities at their sites.
  • After his visit, two or three were enthusiastic about his candidacy, but the majority reported being underwhelmed.
  • However, the manufacturers were underwhelmed because the methods required skill to apply and were unproven.
  • Schwartz finally got to see the lauded film and left the theater underwhelmed.
  • Bill is immediately underwhelmed by his cheerless date, and as the night grinds on, he bluntly tells her what he thinks.
  • Crowds turned out by the thousands to hear him almost everywhere he went, but they often left feeling oddly underwhelmed.
British Dictionary definitions for underwhelmed

underwhelm

/ˌʌndəˈwɛlm/
verb
1.
(transitive) to make no positive impact or impression on; disappoint
Word Origin
C20: originally a humorous coinage based on overwhelm
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Word Origin and History for underwhelmed

underwhelm

v.

1953 (implied in underwhelming), a facetious play on overwhelm. Related: Underwhelmed; underwhelmingly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for underwhelmed

under the wire

adverb

Done just before deadline; at the last minute: turned in under the wire


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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