underwhelm

[uhn-der-hwelm, -welm]
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verb (used with object) Informal.
  1. to fail to interest or astonish: After all the ballyhoo, most critics were underwhelmed by the movie.

Origin of underwhelm

First recorded in 1945–50; under- + (over)whelm
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Related Words for underwhelmed

disappoint, baffle, balk, confound, dismay, displease, lower, depress, disenchant

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British Dictionary definitions for underwhelmed

underwhelm

verb
  1. (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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Word Origin and History for underwhelmed

underwhelm

v.

1953 (implied in underwhelming), a facetious play on overwhelm. Related: Underwhelmed; underwhelmingly.

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