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underneath

preposition un·der·neath \ ˌən-dər-ˈnēth \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

Definition of underneath

1 a : 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

Examples of underneath in a Sentence

  1. He hid the envelope underneath his coat.

  2. She slipped a note underneath the door.

  3. The ball rolled underneath the car.

  4. He lives in the apartment underneath mine.

  5. There was gum stuck underneath the table.

  6. Underneath her calm exterior was a nervous woman with a hot temper.

  7. They actually had a lot in common underneath their obvious differences.

Recent Examples of underneath from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of underneath

Middle English undernethe, preposition & adverb, from Old English underneothan, from under + neothan below — more at beneath


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underneath

adverb

Definition of underneath

1 : under or below an object or a surface : beneath
2 : on the lower side

underneath

adjective

Examples of underneath in a Sentence

  1. He wore a white sweater with a red shirt underneath.

  2. She lifted up the rock and found ants crawling underneath.

  3. The car had rust underneath.

Recent Examples of underneath from the Web

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First Known Use of underneath

before 12th century

underneath Synonyms

Synonyms
beneath, under, below
Antonyms
up
Related Words
beside, near, nearby
Near Antonyms
aloft, overhead


UNDERNEATH Defined for English Language Learners

underneath

preposition

Definition of underneath for English Language Learners

  • : below or beneath (something)

  • : on the bottom of (something)

  • : hidden below (an outward appearance)


underneath

adverb

Definition of underneath for English Language Learners

  • : below or beneath

  • : on the lower side


UNDERNEATH Defined for Kids

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underneath

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

Definition of underneath for Students

: directly under
  • We wore our bathing suits underneath our clothes.

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underneath

adverb

Definition of underneath for Students

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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