underarm

adjective
un·​der·​arm | \ ˈən-dər-ˈärm How to pronounce underarm (audio) \

Definition of underarm

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 British : underhand sense 3
2 : placed under or on the underside of the arm underarm seams

underarm

adverb
un·​der·​arm | \ ˌən-dər-ˈärm How to pronounce underarm (audio) \

Definition of underarm (Entry 2 of 3)

underarm

noun
un·​der·​arm | \ ˈən-dər-ˌärm How to pronounce underarm (audio) \

Definition of underarm (Entry 3 of 3)

2 : the part of a garment that covers the underside of the arm

Examples of underarm in a Sentence

Adverb

He threw the ball underarm.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

But there, in photos promoting her new movie with Elisabeth Moss, Her Smell, Delevingne is proudly showing off her remarkably natural-looking underarm hair. Marci Robin, Allure, "Cara Delevingne Wears Underarm-Hair Wigs in the New Movie Her Smell," 19 Apr. 2019 That's all helped by the underarm zippers for venting. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Rain Jackets for Keeping Dry," 8 Mar. 2019 At Degree, scientists work to calibrate the formula of different products to meet specific needs, such as smelling fresh or protecting against yellow underarm stains. Cassie Shortsleeve, Popular Mechanics, "How Scientists at Degree Men Test Antiperspirant," 20 Dec. 2018 Now, Bella is opening up about who inspires another one of her signature trends: rocking her underarm hair. Isabella Gomez, Teen Vogue, "Bella Thorne Posts Photos of Julia Roberts and Madonna Rocking Armpit Hair," 18 Nov. 2018 Getting a quick wax every month or so can keep your underarm hair at bay without reaching for the razor every morning. Sam Escobar, Good Housekeeping, "Your Ultimate Body Hair Removal Guide," 17 July 2018 Roberts infamous showing of underarm fuzz may not have been designed to shake up society's standards of female beauty. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Julia Roberts' Infamous Armpit Hair Reveal Was a Statement—But Not the One You Think," 5 Nov. 2018 If hair-removal is on your mind this summer, there's a lot to go over: underarm fuzz, coarse arm hair, leg stubble, the bikini area and more. Sam Escobar, Good Housekeeping, "Your Ultimate Body Hair Removal Guide," 17 July 2018 Bill Elder, a tall skinny boy with big ears and acne, seemed to have a disinclination to shower, or wear deodorant when his underarm hair had begun to grow and his armpits to smell like a nervous adult's. Michael Lindsay-hogg, Town & Country, "Brando in a Blue Blazer," 22 Aug. 2013

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Edna Murphey Her father, a Cincinnati physician, had developed a liquid antiperspirant in 1909 to help a fellow surgeon with sweaty hands, but Murphey found the liquid equally effective on her underarms. Carol Motsinger, Cincinnati.com, "These women have been written out of history books. This project is putting them back in," 10 June 2019 The petticoat went firmly around my waist, and my blouse, tailor made to measure in India, closed in the front like a corset, its short sleeves tight around my underarms. Meara Sharma, Vogue, "Why I Am Taking the Sari Back to the Street," 30 Apr. 2019 Demirovic adds that most of us get razor bumps where hair grows the thickest, like the face, neck, bikini area and underarms because thick hairs cause more irritation and oil production than finer hair. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, "How To Get Rid Of Annoying Razor Bumps," 21 Feb. 2019 Down that peeks out from underarms and covers legs seems to be going mainstream. Maya Singer, Vogue, "To Shave, or Not to Shave? How a New Generation of Women Are Embracing Body Hair," 10 Dec. 2018 The condition causes painful abscesses and boils to occur near hair follicles, such as the underarms and groin. Allyson Byers, SELF, "I Have a Rare, Chronic Skin Condition, and I Went to Questionable Lengths Looking for a Cure," 1 June 2018 But there are certain areas of your body — like your pubic hair and underarms — that naturally give off a stronger scent than your hair, chest, and back. Samantha Lefave, Redbook, "Why You Should Never Ignore Sweet-Smelling Urine (or These Other Body Odors)," 3 Aug. 2018 What's more: A recent study found that nearly one in four women under the age of 25 have stopped shaving their underarms. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Julia Roberts' Infamous Armpit Hair Reveal Was a Statement—But Not the One You Think," 5 Nov. 2018 My dresser drawers became filled with supplements, like turmeric and zinc; special soaps; tea tree oil; and disposable sweat pads for when my underarms were open wounds and draining fluid and pus. Allyson Byers, SELF, "I Have a Rare, Chronic Skin Condition, and I Went to Questionable Lengths Looking for a Cure," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of underarm

Adjective

1816, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1923, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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underarm

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of underarm

: placed on or along the armpit

underarm

noun
un·​der·​arm | \ ˈən-dər-ˌärm How to pronounce underarm (audio) \

Kids Definition of underarm

: armpit

underarm

noun
un·​der·​arm | \ ˈən-dər-ˌärm How to pronounce underarm (audio) \

Medical Definition of underarm

: armpit

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