When you're not overwhelmed, or underwhelmed. You're just neutral.
"How are you, Ginger, my love, my dove, my fire?"
"Oh, fair strapping lad, I am whelmed, that is all."
(Adj.)In a state of satisfaction or appreciation.
I was perfectly whelmed by the attention I received on my birthday - gifts from my close friends and a nice dinner at home with family.
Chastity: I know you can be overwhelmed, and you can be underwhelmed, but can you ever just be whelmed?
Bianca: I think you can in Europe.
~ 10 Things I Hate about You
It does NOT mean indifference. It means:
1. To be submerged, turned-over, or covered up. Or, more commonly,
2. To be so over-taken with emotion or excitement that one feels "turned upside down" or completely engulfed.
It does NOT mean "neutral" or BETWEEN "underwhelmed" and "overwhelmed". If anything, "whelmed" means to be overwhelmed or just slightly less excited than "overwhelmed".
I was whelmed by the majestic view on top of the mountain.
The dance was so whelming, I was almost overwhelmed.
To be so thoroughly unmoved by something that even being underwhelmed is too much effort. A state of complete apathy.
"How was American Idol last night?"
"It was absolutely average. I was completely whelmed."
a state of utter neutrality where one is neither under or over whelmed
can most commonly be used when a fact is given, intending to be interesting, but in fact is completely useless
Person 1: I found out something really interesting today
Person 2: oh yeah?
Person 1: The average person drinks four cups of tea per week
Person 2: I am whelmed by that information