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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Adverb

underneath adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for underneath

Synonyms: Adverb

Antonyms: Adverb

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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 Tight end could use some help as well, to take advantage of the open seams underneath with defenses focused on trying to contain Hopkins over the top. Jay Paris, Forbes, "Arizona Cardinals NFL Draft Preview: Cornerback Is The Logical Focus After Loss Of Patrick Peterson," 21 Apr. 2021 The sabzi consists of sauteed spinach layered with cooked onion and garlic flavors; tucked underneath are tender morsels of lamb. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, "When restaurants can't find workers, some soul-searching is in order," 19 Apr. 2021 But underneath all of this is the growing fear among loyalists that Brexit will increase the likelihood of Northern Ireland’s leaving the U.K. to reunify with the Irish Republic, a member of the E.U. Ian Bremmer, Time, "What the Protests in Northern Ireland Could Mean for the Future of Its Peace," 15 Apr. 2021 So Mitchell draws attention to the contact by gathering, then drawing the ball up underneath that arm. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, "The Triple Team: Donovan Mitchell scores 42 to beat Sacramento — he’s now scored 40 PPG in his last three games," 10 Apr. 2021 Deputies reviewed footage from nearby surveillance cameras, which showed a group of people underneath one of those trees. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Half-dozen or more people attacked woman in Washington Park last fall, records show," 14 Jan. 2021 That white picket fence doesn’t shine as much without a gleaming, weed-free lawn underneath it. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "Death to America’s Manicured Lawns," 14 Apr. 2021 Cardboard boxes should be broken down and can be placed underneath the bins. Anna Caplan, Dallas News, "What you need to know about changes to Grand Prairie’s recycling policy," 1 Dec. 2020 To keep the van's cargo area low and flat, Toyota placed the 1.9-kWh nickel-metal-hydride battery underneath the front seats. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "2021 Toyota Sienna's 8 Family-Friendliest Features," 28 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Here's the key: The fruit has to come through first, with the bourbon underneath, for the flavors to mesh well together through the finish. Brian Manzullo, Detroit Free Press, "New Holland Brewing Co. introduces bourbon barrel seltzer, and it's ... not bad," 15 Apr. 2021 Driving the lane and making the extra pass underneath, the Wolverines made 11 of their first 13 shots in the second half. Eddie Pells, Star Tribune, "Inside job: Michigan goes to the paint to top FSU 76-58," 28 Mar. 2021 Run a spatula around the edges and underneath to loosen and flip carefully onto a serving plate so the golden bottom faces up. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "All hail the mighty potato! No, really," 23 Mar. 2021 Driving the lane and making the extra pass underneath, the Wolverines made 11 of their first 13 shots in the second half. Eddie Pells, ajc, "Inside job: Michigan goes to the paint to top FSU 76-58," 29 Mar. 2021 The straw material is lightweight and allows air movement underneath, keeping you cool on hot days. Outdoor Life, "What’s the Best Fishing Hat?," 17 Mar. 2021 Make sure the drainage holes are not blocked, and don’t put a saucer underneath. Washington Post, "How to help plants thrive in spring, the garden’s most exciting and perilous season," 17 Mar. 2021 Suddenly their fight melts away, and the friendship that was always there underneath takes its place. Martha Sorren, refinery29.com, "Prepare To Weep If Firefly Lane Follows The Book In Season 2," 11 Feb. 2021 And right underneath is a plastic bag with a — looked like a clipping and a photograph in it. Peter Van Sant, CBS News, "FBI reveals new evidence in hopes of identifying unknown victims of serial killer," 13 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of underneath was before the 12th century

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1 May 2021

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“Underneath.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underneath. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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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