underling

noun
un·​der·​ling | \ ˈən-dər-liŋ How to pronounce underling (audio) \

Definition of underling

: one who is under the orders of another : subordinate, inferior

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Examples of underling in a Sentence

He takes all the credit, but most of the hard work is done by his underlings. the real estate tycoon has a whole army of underlings to attend to the details
Recent Examples on the Web In his absence, a young underling (Zachary Quinto) picks up his project and deduces the disaster that's about to happen, sounds the alarm, and a row of financial dominos begins to topple. Gwen Ihnat, EW.com, 13 June 2022 An underling reported to Mr. Mineta that pilots would be told to land at their discretion. Washington Post, 3 May 2022 Sorry, Omarosa, but the most-notable Trump underling to celebrate nuptials at the boss’ hotel was special assistant to the president Stephen Miller, who celebrated his wedding to Pence’s press secretary Katie Rose Waldman there in February 2020. Zach Everson, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 The 49-year-old scion has a formidable partner in Shankar, a former underling at Fox. Meg James, Los Angeles Times, 9 Feb. 2022 One month later, BlackRock top executive Mark Wiseman was terminated for failing to disclose a relationship with an underling. Tatiana Siegel, Rolling Stone, 3 Feb. 2022 On top of that, Francis added his Christmas greetings in the form of another public brow-beating of Vatican clerics, who normally are treated with the utmost deference by their underling and the faithful at large. Fox News, 24 Dec. 2021 The appearance is that Zucker leaned on a top network star to accommodate an underling with whom he was romantically linked. Kim Masters, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Feb. 2022 On top of that, Francis added his Christmas greetings in the form of another public brow-beating of Vatican clerics, who normally are treated with the utmost deference by their underling and the faithful at large. Fox News, 24 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of underling

12th century, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

23 Jun 2022

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“Underling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underling. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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