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underneath

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preposition un·der·neath \ˌən-dər-ˈnēth\

Simple Definition of underneath

  • : below or beneath (something)

  • : on the bottom of (something)

  • : hidden below (an outward appearance)

Full Definition of underneath

  1. 1 a :  directly beneath <write the date underneath the address> b :  close under especially so as to be hidden <treachery lying underneath a mask of friendliness> <wore a swimsuit underneath his slacks>

  2. 2 :  under subjection to

Examples of underneath

  1. He hid the envelope underneath his coat.

  2. She slipped a note underneath the door.

  3. The ball rolled underneath the car.

  4. He lives in the apartment underneath mine.

  5. There was gum stuck underneath the table.

  6. Underneath her calm exterior was a nervous woman with a hot temper.

  7. They actually had a lot in common underneath their obvious differences.



Origin of underneath

Middle English undernethe, preposition & adverb, from Old English underneothan, from under + neothan below — more at beneath


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with underneath


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underneath

adverb un·der·neath

Simple Definition of underneath

  • : below or beneath

  • : on the lower side

Full Definition of underneath

  1. 1 :  under or below an object or a surface :  beneath

  2. 2 :  on the lower side

underneath adjective

Examples of underneath

  1. He wore a white sweater with a red shirt underneath.

  2. She lifted up the rock and found ants crawling underneath.

  3. The car had rust underneath.



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of underneath

before 12th century



UNDERNEATH Defined for Kids

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underneath

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preposition un·der·neath \ˌən-dər-ˈnēth\

Definition of underneath

  1. :  directly under <We wore our bathing suits underneath our clothes.>




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underneath

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adverb un·der·neath

Definition of underneath

  1. 1 :  below a surface or object :  beneath <She lifted the log and found ants crawling underneath.>

  2. 2 :  on the lower side <The pot was scorched underneath.>





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