underneath

preposition
un·​der·​neath | \ ˌən-dər-ˈnēth \

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

Yet underneath the show's supernatural forces and macabre storylines lies what Kiernan believes is a kernel of truth. Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Broke Kiernan Shipka's Heart — and She's OK With That," 12 Nov. 2018 But underneath the evangelizing is a hard reality: Van life is still expensive. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Boho-chic, fully converted camper van is $35K," 10 Sep. 2018 One interesting placement on the Chimera is the speakers, which are inside the lid right underneath the screen. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "Asus Chimera G703GI review: bigger, better, more compromise," 14 Aug. 2018 There are only five days left to get packages underneath the tree by Christmas, but thankfully there's also two-day shipping, and that math works out in every procrastinator's favor. Leah Prinzivalli, SELF, "7 Last-Minute Fitness Gifts You Can Order From Target to Still Arrive by Christmas," 20 Dec. 2018 The 23-year-old model freed the nipple and wore nothing but nude underwear underneath the dress, and completed the look with transparent heels and gold rectangular earrings. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian's Latest Naked Dress Barely Covers Anything," 18 Dec. 2018 The battery positioning follows standard BEV protocol and is located between the axles and underneath the passenger compartment. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "We’ve driven Audi’s first proper electric car, the 2019 e-tron SUV," 7 Dec. 2018 Add a dab of hot glue and attach to your snowman underneath his scarf. Stephanie Shore Fisher, Good Housekeeping, "How to Turn Dollar Store Candles Into the Most Charming Snowmen," 27 Nov. 2018 Inside the Palazzo delle Scintille were seven towering silver tents circled by onlookers restless to see the treasures underneath, wondering if the big reveal would live up to the hype. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "The Reimagining of a Classic Moncler Jacket," 20 Nov. 2018

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Follow-up experiments, like NASA’s GRACE mission, can provide even more detail about the land underneath Antarctica, and help scientists paint an even clearer picture of what lies underneath all that ice. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Long-Lost Continents Under Antarctica Revealed in Old Satellite Data," 8 Nov. 2018 Paul will swoop underneath to draw a cheap foul and move one step closer to the bonus. Dan Woike, latimes.com, "Former Clipper Chris Paul's plan has so far worked out in Houston," 14 May 2018 Some wore tennis shoes and jeans underneath and lugged backpacks and handbags. Ben Hubbard, New York Times, "The Keys to the Kingdom: Saudi Women Learn to Drive," 5 Mar. 2018 While all that work is being done above ground, the key to the project lies underneath. Alan Gomez, USA TODAY, "Salmon from sunny South Florida? Norwegian firm builds Florida farm for cold-water fish," 11 Apr. 2018 But underneath all of that clutter, the franchise is setting an example for how to include the LGBTQ+ in the broader hip-hop and pop culture landscape. refinery29.com, "The Evolution Of LGBTQ+ Representation On This Black Reality Show," 11 June 2018 When officers arrived at the private parking lot at 547 Route 28 just before 10:30 a.m., some bystanders had lifted the car — a Toyota Camry — and pulled the man out from underneath, said Harwich Police Lieutenant Kevin Considine. Elise Takahama, BostonGlobe.com, "Harwich man working underneath car crushed when jack failed," 8 June 2018 The strong shaking can cause objects to move around and reduce buildings to rubble, trapping people underneath. Dakin Andone, CNN, "Hawaii residents on Big Island under threat of lava, earthquakes and gas," 5 May 2018 The little crispy pieces of batter that break off and collect underneath serve as their own unique treat. Jeff Martin, Bon Appetit, "White River Fish Market Is a Feast of Fresh Seafood in a Landlocked State," 6 June 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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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 \

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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