noun un·der·ling \ˈən-dər-liŋ\

: a person of low rank who works for a more powerful person

Full Definition of UNDERLING

:  one who is under the orders of another :  subordinate, inferior

Examples of UNDERLING

  1. He takes all the credit, but most of the hard work is done by his underlings.
  2. <the real estate tycoon has a whole army of underlings to attend to the details>

First Known Use of UNDERLING

12th century


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