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

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 The double lines underneath his name bore special significance too. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Prince Charles's Handwriting Reveals So Much About His Marriage With Camilla Parker Bowles," 27 July 2018 In the dining room of her island retreat, underneath a kudu horn chandelier from Rome, Ala is in her element. Carl Swanson, Town & Country, "How Sunny Von Bulow's Daughter Ala Isham Found Her Voice," 14 Mar. 2019 And higher clearance means victims are more likely to get trapped underneath a speeding SUV instead of pushed onto the hood or off to the side. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Fewer people died in car crashes in 2017, but the outlook is still grim," 3 Oct. 2018 That hasn’t stopped the Delaware County Council members from seeking more information about the pipelines rumbling underneath their feet. Vinny Vella, Philly.com, "A calculated risk? Delaware County Council makes slow progress after six months of debating pipeline study," 27 June 2018 Back in 2013, Tim De Chant went underneath the city to hang with the crews trying to make getting around a good deal easier for 160,000 people. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "This Week in the Future of Cars: The Big Dig," 17 June 2018 As for the stuff that goes underneath the coats, sumptuous sweatshirts and flowy wide-leg pants rounded out the collection. The Cut, "Max Mara Brought Their Resort Show Back Home," 5 June 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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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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