tryhard

or try-hard

[ trahy-hahrd ]
/ ˈtraɪˌhɑrd /
Slang

noun

an underskilled or untalented participant attempting to compensate with sheer effort in order to succeed: We annihilated a whole team of tryhards in their first multiplayer match.
a person who participates in a game or other activity with too much enthusiasm, emotion, effort, or commitment: These tryhards need to take a moment, take a breath, and chill out.
someone creating a false image to appear more attractive or appealing; a phony; a poser: He’s just a tryhard who thought buying a convertible would help him pick up girls.

verb (used without object)

to make an obvious effort to excel, but achieve only moderate success, especially when measured against ambitious goals: New tech companies are tryharding with this next generation of smartphones.The men’s national team tryharded during the qualifiers, but it wasn’t enough to send them to the World Cup.

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Origin of tryhard

First recorded in 1980–85; try + hard
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020