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

Consider: -Duke, a 34.5-point underdog, trailed by 39 with 4:51 left. Christopher Smith, al, "Why it’s impossible to win money betting on Alabama games," 17 Sep. 2019 City have been struck down by the underdog before, with last season’s defeat at home to Crystal Palace an upset that many did not see coming. SI.com, "12 of the Biggest Giant Killings in Premier League History," 16 Sep. 2019 Home underdogs usually do well early in the season, especially against divisional rivals. Marcus Mosher, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins odds, picks and best bets [UPDATED]," 15 Sep. 2019 Join us for live scoring updates, news and analysis Sunday at 1:05 p.m. when the underdog Raiders take on NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs at the Coliseum. Jon Becker, The Mercury News, "Live updates: Raiders fade, fall to Chiefs 28-10," 15 Sep. 2019 New Mexico got national acclaim in 2015 with back-to-back victories over Utah State as an 18-point underdog and Boise State as a 30-point ‘dog. Teddy Greenstein, chicagotribune.com, "New Mexico’s Bob Davie says he feels ‘lucky’ after a serious health scare that will prevent him from returning to Notre Dame this week," 9 Sep. 2019 Ever since Maryland jumped from underdog to a slight favorite going into Saturday’s home game against No. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "Orange crush: Maryland football unstoppable early in historic 63-20 rout of No. 21 Syracuse," 7 Sep. 2019 Hart reminded reporters that his own 1984 campaign was one of an underdog running against a former vice president, too. Cara Korte, CBS News, "Gary Hart endorses Michael Bennet at New Hampshire Democratic Convention," 7 Sep. 2019 Step one was dealing with the disappointment of their 45-38 loss to the underdog Rainbow Warriors. Michael Lev, azcentral, "Arizona football looking for bounce-back game against NAU Lumberjacks," 6 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of underdog

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of underdog

: 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)


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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