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 of underdog from the Web
I was born into the most amazing family an underdog could be born into, and I was born into the LGBTQ community.
For several weeks in 1967, the underdog Israelis genuinely feared that their young Jewish state would be wiped out, even with memories of the Nazi Holocaust in Europe still fresh.
NBA Finals: James undaunted by beastly Warriors The Cleveland Cavaliers are underdogs in the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, but don’t tell LeBron James that.
Words don't mean much now — not his, not Green's — and neither do underdog labels.
Trump was still an underdog presidential candidate, the U.K. had yet to vote for Brexit, and U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron still had his job.
Meanwhile, the underdog Cavaliers are priced at +200 (bet $100 to win $200).
Being an underdog is nothing new for Metea Valley's Sophia Senese.
Based on what we are conditioned to expect from movies, Advantageous is still something of an underdog with its predominantly female and Asian-American cast and light science fiction story about the disenfranchisement of women.
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First Known Use of underdog
UNDERDOG Defined for English Language Learners
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
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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