noun Date: 1952 one (as a student) that fails to attain a predicted level of achievement or does not do as well as expected • underachieve intransitive verbunderachievement noun

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  • underachiever — UK [ˌʌndərəˈtʃiːvə(r)] / US [ˌʌndərəˈtʃɪvər] noun [countable] Word forms underachiever : singular underachiever plural underachievers someone who is not as successful as they could be at work, school etc Derived words: underachieve verb… …   English dictionary

  • Underachiever — Un|der|achie|ver [...ə tʃi:və] der; s, s <aus engl. underachiever »jmd., der enttäuschende Leistungen bietet«> jmd., der schlechtere Leistungen zeigt, als man z. B. aufgrund von Intelligenztests hätte erwarten können; Ggs. ↑Overachiever …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • underachiever —    an idle or stupid child    Literally, a child capable of doing better, especially in examinations, but failing through nervousness or ill health. As educational jargon, it seeks to excuse wilfulness under a cloak of misfortune:     ... we do… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • underachiever — underachieve ► VERB ▪ do less well than is expected. DERIVATIVES underachievement noun underachiever noun …   English terms dictionary

  • underachiever — /un deuhr euh chee veuhr/, n. 1. a student who performs less well in school than would be expected on the basis of abilities indicated by intelligence and aptitude tests, etc. 2. a person or thing that performs below expectations. [1945 50; UNDER …   Universalium

  • underachiever — noun A student who underachieves by performing less well than expected From the episode …   Wiktionary

  • underachiever — One who manifests underachievement. * * * un·der·achiev·er .ən dər ə chē vər n a person (as a student) who fails to achieve his or her potential or does not do as well as expected un·der·achieve chēv vi, achieved; achiev·ing un·der·achieve·ment… …   Medical dictionary

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