from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To perform (a role) weakly or with insufficient expressiveness.
- transitive v. To understate (a role) intentionally; underplay.
- intransitive v. To perform in an understated way.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To act in an understated manner or with little expressiveness
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To perform inefficiently, as a play; to act feebly.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To act or perform, as a play or part, inefficiently.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. act (a role) with great restraint
A fine British cast overact or underact in this perfunctory true-life tale of a working-class lad from a sink estate in south London.
I spent my youth anesthetizing myself just enough to stand the daily less-violent silent injustices, and I think it means I tend to underact when the hatred is more open.
There are a grand total of two scenes where Kristen Stewart does NOT underact, and the hospital scene is absolutely brilliant in my opinion.
In fact, he suggested political leaders were better to "overact" than "underact" when it comes to speeding stimulus money out the door.
She doesn't overact or underact; she just stands around with whatever the appropriate expression for the scene seems to be on her sweet, pretty, childlike face.