un·​der·​dog | \ ˈən-dər-ˌdȯg How to pronounce underdog (audio) \

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

I always root for the underdog instead of the favorite. As a lawyer, she consistently represented the underdog.
Recent Examples on the Web In The Game, Ohio State won at home as a four-point underdog, with Haskins leading Paris Campbell, Terry McLaurin, freshman Chris Olave and the rest of the offense against what was the No. 1 defense in the nation coming in. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, 12 Apr. 2022 Well, the Blazers were listed as a seven-point underdog for their game Monday night at the Detroit Pistons (19-52), owners of the third-worst winning percentage in the NBA (.268). oregonlive, 21 Mar. 2022 Against Rodgers last year in Lambeau Field, Brady assembled a shining first half that Tampa, a three-point underdog, rode to the 31-26 victory. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Jan. 2022 The Aggies, a seven-point underdog, were forced to rely on its third-string quarterback for three quarters of the game. The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 Dec. 2021 Alabama closed as a six-point underdog against Georgia on Saturday. Christopher Smith, al, 5 Dec. 2021 On top of having a true chance to beat Clemson, despite being a five-point underdog, Louisville also has a big recruiting weekend. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, 3 Nov. 2021 Vegas had the Seminoles as a 9.5 point underdog and the over/under was set at 47.5. Scooby Axson, USA TODAY, 1 Nov. 2021 The initial injury report already sent Dallas spiraling from a 2.5-point favorite to three-point underdog in this Week 8 headliner. Alex Kay, Forbes, 31 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of underdog

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Underdog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underdog. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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un·​der·​dog | \ ˈən-dər-ˌdȯg How to pronounce underdog (audio) \

Kids Definition of underdog

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


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