Adjective "underwhelming" definition and examples

(Underwhelming may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˌʌndəˈwɛlm/

Definitions and examples

verb

Fail to impress or make a positive impact on (someone); disappoint.
  1. 'The film didn't disappoint me - there are too many great lines and nice little moments to make the film a disappointment - but it did underwhelm me.'
  2. 'Although there were a couple of surprises I was still underwhelmed.'
  3. 'Reviewing the Senator's own proposals, however, I'm thoroughly underwhelmed.'
  4. 'Initially, I was underwhelmed to say the least.'
  5. 'Like most people, I don't have huge objections to the budget, but I'm also underwhelmed by it.'
  6. 'In the end, even some of the delegates were underwhelmed by the outcome.'
  7. 'I was underwhelmed frankly, but then I am a bad tempered old cow.'
  8. 'His second reaction is to look distinctly underwhelmed by it all.'
  9. 'I was underwhelmed, but if you like this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing you like.'
  10. 'I suppose I should be excited but like most people, I suspect, I'd have to admit to being somewhat underwhelmed.'

More definitions

1. to fail to interest or astonish: After all the ballyhoo, most critics were underwhelmed by the movie.

More examples(as adjective)

"figures can be underwhelming in/at/on years."

"administrations can be underwhelming."

"reviews can be underwhelming."

"responses can be underwhelming."

"figures can be underwhelming."

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Origin

(underwhelm)1950s: suggested by overwhelm.