underling

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noun un·der·ling \ˈən-dər-liŋ\

Definition of underling

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

Examples of underling in a sentence

  1. He takes all the credit, but most of the hard work is done by his underlings.

  2. <the real estate tycoon has a whole army of underlings to attend to the details>

12th Century

First Known Use of underling

12th century


UNDERLING Defined for English Language Learners

underling

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noun un·der·ling \ˈən-dər-liŋ\

Definition of underling for English Language Learners

  • : a person of low rank who works for a more powerful person


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