underwhelm(redirected from underwhelms)
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tr.v. un·der·whelmed, un·der·whelm·ing, un·der·whelms
To fail to excite, stimulate, or impress: "He is just as entitled to be underwhelmed by the prospect of reigning over a fourth-class nation as the rest of us are by the prospect of living in it" (Peter Jay).
(tr) to make no positive impact or impression on; disappoint
[C20: originally a humorous coinage based on overwhelm]
un•der•whelm(ˌʌn dərˈʰwɛlm, -ˈwɛlm)
to fail to interest or astonish.
Past participle: underwhelmed