- To fail to interest; usually used in response to something that was presented as exciting.
#:The dinosaur island in Crystal Palace Park is underwhelming.
#*1990: cite news|urlhttp://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/style/longterm/movies/videos/quickchangerkempley_a0a022.htm|authorRita Kempley|firstRita|lastKempley|titleâ€˜Quick Changeâ€™ (R)|workw:The Washington Post|The Washington Post|publisherw:The Washington Post Company|The Washington Post Company|date1990-07-13|accessdate=2007-06-12
#*: 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: cite news|urlhttp://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/17/books/17wood.html?ex1281931200&en7c5d5a8251c17b0e&ei5090|authorEdward Wyatt|firstEdward|lastWyatt|titleSales Lag for Book on Deep Throat|workw:The New York Times|The New York Times|publisherw:The New York Times Company|The New York Times Company|date2005-08-17|accessdate2007-06-12
#*: 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.
Underwhelming is by some not considered a word, yet it is in the Oxford English Dictionary. It is the opposite of overwhelming, and it means that something is disappointing and/or depressing. (Ex: That performance was underwhelming.)
It is the adjective form of the verb to underwhelm.
bland, blasÃ©, insipid, disappointing