[ uhn-der-uh-chee-ver ]
/ ˌʌn dər əˈtʃi vər /


a student who performs less well in school than would be expected on the basis of abilities indicated by intelligence and aptitude tests, etc.
a person or thing that performs below expectations.

Origin of underachiever

1945–50; under- + achiever
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Word Origin and History for under-achiever



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper