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

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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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition Reduce heat to low; cook, tilting skillet and lifting edges of omelet to allow uncooked eggs to flow underneath and around sides, until surface is slightly wet but center is mostly firm, about 2 minutes. People Staff, PEOPLE.com, 1 Aug. 2022 Then, a lonesome Harry hops underneath his covers and down a rabbit hole, à la Alice in Wonderland, and lands in a maze-like blanket fort. André-naquian Wheeler, Vogue, 13 July 2022 These findings and others came from an extensive review of the events of Sept. 19, when about 15,000 mostly Haitian migrants had gathered in squalid conditions underneath a bridge in Del Rio after crossing into the country from Mexico. Eileen Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, 9 July 2022 By September 19, 2021, around 15,000 Haitian migrants had crossed from Mexico into the United States and were concentrated in an encampment underneath the international bridge. Will Weissert, Anchorage Daily News, 8 July 2022 By September 19, 2021, around 15,000 Haitian migrants had crossed from Mexico into the United States and were concentrated in an encampment underneath the international bridge. Will Weissert, ajc, 8 July 2022 These findings and others came from an extensive review of the events of Sept. 19, when about 15,000 mostly Haitian migrants had gathered in squalid conditions underneath a bridge in Del Rio after crossing into the country from Mexico. New York Times, 8 July 2022 Fire personnel arrived to find a man alive but trapped inside or underneath a small tractor used in agriculture and construction. Matthias Gafni, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 July 2022 During a tour underneath the bridge, Wilbourn explained that eroding concrete has exposed the bridge's steel girders to the elements and has began to rust. Neal Earley, Arkansas Online, 5 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Leto rocked a white satin suit for the night out, paired with an unbuttoned sheer lavender shirt underneath. Nicholas Rice, PEOPLE.com, 31 Mar. 2022 His wardrobe selection for the special day consisted of a Celine suit paired with a YSL shirt underneath, and was accessorized with a Hermès scarf and his personal collection of silver jewelry. Greg Emmanuel, Essence, 8 Nov. 2021 The Tech Imperceptible slits in the Roman numerals allow light to reach photovoltaic cells hidden underneath. Leena Kim And Olivia Hosken, Town & Country, 17 May 2022 The actor was joined on the carpet by her husband, Justin Timberlake, who wore a suit styled with a paisley shirt underneath. Sam Reed, Glamour, 10 May 2022 The wind picks up the skirt of Hayek's dress in the first photo, revealing the black lace hidden underneath. Greta Bjornson, PEOPLE.com, 16 Mar. 2022 In a mystery, the detective pursues the criminal while the reader chases after the author, trying to see beyond everything that’s on the page to get at what’s being hidden underneath. Eric Vilas-boas And John Maher, Vulture, 6 Aug. 2021 My particular laptop desk is $28 hunk of plastic from a company called HUANUO, with bean bag-like padding underneath, adjustable height settings, and a snap-on mouse tray. Jared Newman, PCWorld, 20 May 2021 For the many people who have skipped regular hair care or salon appointments during the pandemic, the presence of gray hair may be simply what was hidden underneath, said Dr. Shadi Kourosh, a dermatologist at Harvard Medical School. Annie Vainshtein, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Apr. 2021 See More

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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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underneath

underneath it all

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“Underneath.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underneath. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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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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