underdog

noun un·der·dog \ ˈən-dər-ˌdȯg \
|Updated on: 15 Jul 2018

Definition of underdog

1 : a loser or predicted loser in a struggle or contest
2 : a victim of injustice or persecution

Examples of underdog in a Sentence

  1. I always root for the underdog instead of the favorite.

  2. As a lawyer, she consistently represented the underdog.

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First Known Use of underdog

1859

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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UNDERDOG Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of underdog for English Language Learners

  • : a person, team, etc., that is expected to lose a contest or battle

  • : a less powerful person or thing that struggles against a more powerful person or thing (such as a corporation)


UNDERDOG Defined for Kids

underdog

noun un·der·dog \ ˈən-dər-ˌdȯg \

Definition of underdog for Students

: a person or team thought to have little chance of winning (as an election or a game)


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