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

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 Alabama Point East in Orange Beach underneath the Perdido Pass Bridge remains closed, and there is no timetable for its reopening. al, "From bust to boom: Alabama beach rentals fill up, but will the good times last?," 22 May 2020 Rebekah Molloy There’s nothing like watching a classic movie underneath the stars. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, "Trip Canceled? 6 Essentials to Grab for a Fun Backyard Campout Instead," 22 May 2020 The death of two stepsisters, whose bodies were recovered underneath a bridge in Rome, Georgia, have been ruled a homicide, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation confirmed on Thursday. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Death Of Stepsisters Found Under Georgia Bridge Ruled As Homicides," 15 May 2020 The pipe underneath the Monon wasn't the only to bring sewage from different neighborhoods. Sarah Bowman, IndyStar, "The White River: Cleanup follows decades of civil rights abuses. Now who will benefit?," 2 May 2020 So underneath that fat Thor suit, Chris looked like Tyler Rake in some Endgame shots? Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, "Why 'Extraction' Director Didn't Imagine Chris Hemsworth As His Star (At First)," 24 Apr. 2020 Williams walked a few yards back, to watch from underneath a pecan tree in the center of the courtyard. Marina Starleaf Riker, San Antonio Express-News, "Birth in the time of coronavirus," 17 Apr. 2020 The screen cleared, and hey—an Ubuntu progress splashed underneath the Republic of Gamers logo! Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Linux on Laptops: ASUS Zephyrus G14 with Ryzen 9 4900HS," 10 Apr. 2020 Changes in the heated blob of water working underneath the MJO’s atmospheric gyrations are hard to track. John Fialka, Scientific American, "A Climate Fluctuation That Could Improve Forecasts Remains a Mystery," 31 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Between the open-air porch and a canopy with tables underneath set up in a parking lot, Silver Spring House can seat 300 outside. Scott Wartman, Shelby Dermer, Charlie Goldsmith, Cincinnati.com, "'I couldn't wait to come here.' Ohio restaurants reopen to diners...at least outside," 15 May 2020 Make sure the top of the mask fits snugly against your nose and cheeks, and consider taping the edge of the mask down or adding a tissue underneath to create a tighter seal. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "4 Essential Face Mask Hacks You Need to Know if You Wear Glasses," 15 May 2020 These include deep water vapor clouds, large convective towers made of moist air similar to thunderhead clouds on Earth and clear areas underneath caused by dry air. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "New images reveal the heart of Jupiter's storms and the planet's jack-o-lantern glow," 9 May 2020 Like the proverbial duck gliding across the lake, very little seems to be happening on the surface these days at Pearland High School, but considerable work is occurring underneath. Ted Dunnam, Houston Chronicle, "Pearland ISD construction projects moving along," 16 Mar. 2020 But no outfit torments me more than one solitary pink jersey tube dress, worn with no regard for fabric transparency or visible underwear lines, which showcased every stitch of my large floral granny pants underneath. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Bella Hadid Wore a Tiny, Super '90s Tube Dress on the Versace Runway," 24 Feb. 2020 Jeans with a blazer, or maybe a Breton stripe shirt worn underneath, topped off with Parisian staples like a chic beret or scarf. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Jaden Smith Has an Unexpected Take on French Guy Style," 15 Jan. 2020 The voices that really matter will be the ones that come from underneath, not above: the vast swell of young people who have been warning us about our behaviour for the past couple of years. Colum Mccann, Time, "Til’ Human Voices Wake Us: What If This Virus Can Teach Us to Change Ourselves?," 1 May 2020 There’s plenty of Gucci, of course, including a custom denim suit by the Italian house, that Styles pairs with a cream color shirt that peeks out from underneath. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Harry Styles Takes Sailor Style to Whimsical New Heights in His New Video," 6 Dec. 2019

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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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28 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Underneath.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underneath. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for underneath

underneath

preposition
How to pronounce underneath (audio)

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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