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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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British Dictionary definitions for underwhelming

underwhelming

/ˌʌndəˈwɛlmɪŋ/
adjective
1.
failing to make a positive impact or impression; disappointing

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 underwhelming

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 underwhelming

underwhelm

verb

To impress very little; be quite insignificant; be less than overwhelming: Her performance rather underwhelmed the audience (1956+)


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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