Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Wikipedia.


intr.v. un·der·a·chieved, un·der·a·chiev·ing, un·der·a·chieves
To perform worse or achieve less success than expected.

un′der·a·chieve′ment n.
un′der·a·chiev′er n.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


(ˌʌn dər əˈtʃi vər)

a person, esp. a child, who underachieves.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.underachiever - a student who does not perform as well as expected or as well as the IQ indicatesunderachiever - a student who does not perform as well as expected or as well as the IQ indicates
educatee, pupil, student - a learner who is enrolled in an educational institution
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.


[ˌʌndərəˈtʃiːvər] nélève mf sous-performant(e)under age underage [ˌʌndərˈeɪdʒ] adj
(= too young) [person] → mineur(e)
[drinking, smoking, sex] → chez les mineurs
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


[ˌʌndərəˈtʃiːvəʳ] nchi non dà il meglio di
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


n persona que no alcanza su potencial
English-Spanish/Spanish-English Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
References in periodicals archive ?
Even with four Majors I'd still say he is an underachiever."
Muir has always possessed ability and has been a bit of an underachiever, but the 23-yearold's best years almost certainly lie ahead and he can make light of a 1.5-frame handicap.
"If it turns out that there is a God the worst that you can say about him is that basically he's an underachiever."Woody Allen
Although the young applicant got the job, she turned down the offer and described on Twitter a "brutal" interview with Dean calling Bland an "underachiever", the Cosmopolitan reported.
Brand new to the region, critically acclaimed writer and comedian Laura Lexx has a trophy cabinet that would make Tiger Woods feel like an underachiever and her quick-fire wit doesn't disappoint.
Then other kids start joining, and soon underachiever Cameron is overachieving club President ...
The current research was conducted to find out the effect of parenting styles of both fathers and mothers on academic achievement of the underachiever and high achiever children.
Happy Gilmore ITV2, 9pm Wacky comedy about an underachiever who's thrown out of his ice hockey team for aggressive behaviour.
Rayam Ali Habib won this month's BD10 voucher to The Bookcase for the seven to 10 years age group with this review of The World's Greatest Underachiever and the Best Worst Summer Ever by Hank Zipzer.
HANK ZIPZER (CBBC, Tuesday, 5pm) HENRY WINKLER - aka The Fonz - appears in the TV series inspired by his own book series Hank Zipzer: The World's Greatest Underachiever.
Opens Friday THE STARS Vince Vaughn, Cobie Smulders THE VERDICT A feel-good comedy with Vaughn starring as a good-natured 42-year-old underachiever who finds sperm donations he made in his younger years have resulted in him fathering 533 children.