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underachiever

[uhn-der-uh-chee-ver] /ˌʌn dər əˈtʃi vər/
noun
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.
Origin of underachiever
1945-1950
1945-50; under- + achiever
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Word Origin and History for under-achiever
n.

also underachiever, 1953, from under + achiever (see achieve). Under-achievement is recorded from 1951.

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