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- Failing to interest; usually used in response to something that was presented as exciting.
- The dinosaur island in Crystal Palace Park is underwhelming.
1990 July 13, Rita Kempley, “‘Quick Change’ (R)”, in The Washington Post:
- Davis, plush as ever, is a little whiny and underwhelming as Murray's girlfriend, who spends much of her time nurturing Quaid, doing his familiar sweet-natured lummox.
2005 August 17, Edward Wyatt, “Sales Lag for Book on Deep Throat”, in New York Times:
- But in Washington and just about everywhere else, sales of "The Secret Man," Bob Woodward's story of the source known as Deep Throat, have been underwhelming.