Definition of underwhelm in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌʌndəˈwɛlm/


[with object] humorous
Fail to impress or make a positive impact on (someone); disappoint: American voters seem underwhelmed by the choices for president
More example sentences
  • It had been a year since the last time I ventured in, however, and when I ate here last month, I must confess I was underwhelmed by the experience.
  • I get the distinct impression Adam wanted me to be elated; I'm underwhelmed.
  • I was rather underwhelmed by his responses, and disappointed that I didn't feel more challenged.


1950s: suggested by overwhelm.

Words that rhyme with underwhelm

antebellum, cerebellum, elm, helm, overwhelm, pelham, realm, vellum

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