underneath

preposition
un·​der·​neath | \ ˌən-dər-ˈnēth How to pronounce underneath (audio) \

Definition of underneath

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : directly beneath write the date underneath the address
b : close under especially so as to be hidden treachery lying underneath a mask of friendliness wore a swimsuit underneath his slacks
2 : under subjection to

underneath

adverb

Definition of underneath (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : under or below an object or a surface : beneath
2 : on the lower side

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Other Words from underneath

Adverb

underneath adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for underneath

Synonyms: Adverb

below, beneath, under

Antonyms: Adverb

up

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Examples of underneath in a Sentence

Preposition

He hid the envelope underneath his coat. She slipped a note underneath the door. The ball rolled underneath the car. He lives in the apartment underneath mine. There was gum stuck underneath the table. Underneath her calm exterior was a nervous woman with a hot temper. They actually had a lot in common underneath their obvious differences.

Adverb

He wore a white sweater with a red shirt underneath. She lifted up the rock and found ants crawling underneath. The car had rust underneath.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

Those troughs tend to lead to cooler and unsettled weather underneath them, due to a general upward movement of air, therefore lowering pressures at the surface. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "How Colorado’s gray May helped fuel hundreds of Plains tornadoes," 6 June 2019 Park Located underneath the Coronado Bridge, Chicano Park is an inspiring collection of installations, murals and community gardens. G. James Daichendt, sandiegouniontribune.com, "5 must-see San Diego visual arts experiences," 10 June 2018 Her awe-inspiring diamond necklace is from Tiffany, and underneath her dress, Gaga was wearing ultra-high stiletto platforms by Giuseppe Zanotti. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gaga Dyed Her Hair Blue for the Golden Globes," 7 Jan. 2019 More than 16,000 square feet of exhibition space will live inside and underneath the reimagined remnants of a 12th-century monastery, which became a brewery in the 1800s before falling into disuse. Natalia Rachlin, WSJ, "A New Museum is Putting This Swiss Alps Town on the Map," 12 Dec. 2018 Standing amidst Classical Revival architecture and underneath the Campanile that day, I was inspired to do my small part in helping to change the world for the better. Shelby Grad, latimes.com, "Essential California: First, brown water. Then, a dirty trick in Compton?," 20 June 2018 The Ravens have missed on speedsters and underneath threats, small-college stars and All-Americans from the Power 5 conferences. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "To draft a receiver or not? Ravens again face question that has vexed franchise," 25 Apr. 2018 As Momoa walked down the red carpet, his Fendi scrunchie occasionally peaked out from underneath his matching jacket. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jason Momoa Wore His Pink Oscars Scrunchie to the Game of Thrones Premiere and We Almost Missed It," 5 Apr. 2019 Lee is no stranger to this approach: What gurus are chasing with these appeals to authenticity are the little digits underneath their names on their YouTube channels: their subscriber numbers. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Laura Lee, Jeffree Star, and the racism scandal upending the YouTube beauty community, explained," 28 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

But now, Benefit has teamed with Australian eyewear brand Quay for a collaboration that makes putting on your sunglasses just as exciting as taking them off to reveal your eyes underneath. Marci Robin, Allure, "Benefit Cosmetics and Quay Australia Are Launching Sunglasses in Three Super-Cute Styles," 31 Mar. 2019 The pastel coat dress featured a bow detail at the collar and flared open to reveal a matching mint dress underneath. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "Duchess Kate greets spring in mint-green coat dress by Jenny Packham," 21 Mar. 2018 Of course, the presents that go underneath are up to you. Erin Nicole Celletti, Teen Vogue, "9 Holiday Decor Items Under $50," 3 Dec. 2018 There is no danger to anyone underneath and the drone is captured intact for forensic analysis. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "What Are Airports Going to Do About Drones?," 9 Jan. 2019 Gently stretch the dough to the edge of the sheet by placing your hands underneath and pulling outward. Noor Brara, Vogue, "Samin Nosrat Wants Viewers to Cook What They See on Her New Netflix Show, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat," 19 Oct. 2018 The loop requires rerouting the plug’s internal wiring; in Australia, where the loop is oriented vertically, the wires could all be routed underneath. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "The Best, Simplest Innovation in Wired Power Comes from 1980s Australia," 16 Jan. 2019 When the lipstick on top wears off, the color underneath — instead of your actual lip — will come through. Kat Suico, Allure, "The 25 Best Lipstick Tips and Tricks We’ve Ever Heard from Professional Makeup Artists," 14 Aug. 2018 Even if the animals dug through the snow, there was no grass underneath. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "Mongolia’s nomadic way of life threatened by climate change, neglect, modernity," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of underneath

Preposition

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for underneath

Preposition

Middle English undernethe, preposition & adverb, from Old English underneothan, from under + neothan below — more at beneath

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More Definitions for underneath

underneath

preposition

English Language Learners Definition of underneath

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: below or beneath (something)
: on the bottom of (something)
: hidden below (an outward appearance)

underneath

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of underneath (Entry 2 of 2)

: below or beneath
: on the lower side

underneath

preposition
un·​der·​neath | \ ˌən-dər-ˈnēth How to pronounce underneath (audio) \

Kids Definition of underneath

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: directly under We wore our bathing suits underneath our clothes.

underneath

adverb

Kids Definition of underneath (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : below a surface or object : beneath She lifted the log and found ants crawling underneath.
2 : on the lower side The pot was scorched underneath.

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