- to fail to interest or astonish: After all the ballyhoo, most critics were underwhelmed by the movie.
Origin of underwhelm
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Examples from the Web for underwhelmed
Now let's take a quick survey of the blockbusters that have underwhelmed this summer at the box office.Is the Summer Blockbuster Dead?
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So far, pretty much every one of those promised improvements has underwhelmed, and the skeptics have been vindicated."Pioneer" Health Care Plans Circle the Wagons Against Pay-for-Performance
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Clearly the Academy was underwhelmed by the eligible songs this year.The Oscars: 21 Fixes for the Show So It’s Less Boring
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Call me a snob, but I was prepared to be underwhelmed by the food.Gal with a Suitcase
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- (tr) to make no positive impact or impression on; disappoint
C20: originally a humorous coinage based on overwhelm
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Word Origin and History for underwhelmed
1953 (implied in underwhelming), a facetious play on overwhelm. Related: Underwhelmed; underwhelmingly.
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