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underwhelm

[ uhn-der-hwelm, -welm ]
/ ˌʌn dərˈʰwɛlm, -ˈwɛlm /
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verb (used with object) Informal.

to fail to interest or astonish: After all the ballyhoo, most critics were underwhelmed by the movie.

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Origin of underwhelm

First recorded in 1945–50; under- + (over)whelm
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British Dictionary definitions for underwhelm

underwhelm
/ (ˌʌndəˈwɛlm) /

verb

(tr) to make no positive impact or impression on; disappoint

Word Origin for underwhelm

C20: originally a humorous coinage based on overwhelm
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