underdog

play
noun un·der·dog \ˈən-dər-ˌdȯg\

Definition of underdog

  1. 1 :  a loser or predicted loser in a struggle or contest

  2. 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.

1859

First Known Use of underdog

1859


UNDERDOG Defined for English Language Learners

underdog

play
noun un·der·dog \ˈən-dər-ˌdȯg\

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

play
noun un·der·dog \ˈən-dər-ˌdȯg\

Definition of underdog for Students

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



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up underdog? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

clearly seen through or understood

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • manet-jeanne-spring
  • Which is a synonym of chaffer?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ