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

While Harry wore a simple grey sweater with a white shirt underneath, Meghan wore a Tuxe 360 blouse, with a pair of diamond earrings which perfectly matched her sparkling engagement ring. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Arrive in Windsor Ahead of the Royal Wedding," 17 May 2018 On a whiteboard underneath, the rooting interests were scrawled in grease pen: MIN = GS DEN = HOU. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "Spurs go down hard in the Big Easy, set up date with the champs," 11 Apr. 2018 The rapid uplift around the ASE suggests that Antaractica's mantle—the area underneath it's outer layer of crust— is hotter and more fluid than expected. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Bedrock Below West Antarctica Is Rising Shockingly Fast," 25 June 2018 The horizontal baffles create a stable, supportive sleeping surface, and foil panels stitched inside help hold warm air near your body, adding necessary nighttime warmth underneath you. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "Plan Your First Backpacking Trip," 13 June 2018 Both visitor and home concourses are underneath the second deck of seating. Brian Gosset, star-telegram, "McKinney ISD's $70 million stadium has a problem that may delay its opening," 1 June 2018 But underneath that pride and joy, there was something dark and gut wrenching. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Settlement is good; Michigan State must now fire Engler, get new Board," 16 May 2018 But in all ~seriousness~, pretty much everyone on Riverdale has been accused of being underneath the hood, including Kevin Keller, Betty Cooper (which turned out to be kinda true), and even Betty's dad (which turned out to be TOTALLY true). Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "We've Apparently Known Who "Riverdale"'s Black Hood Was All Along," 15 May 2018 In one last touching detail, underneath the whole design are olive branches, which are featured in the Great Seal of the United States. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Just Received the Ultimate Seal of Approval from Queen Elizabeth," 12 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

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 The welcome mat was yanked from underneath plenty of feet in high heels Grammy night. Claire Atkinson, NBC News, "Growing chorus of women call on Grammy president to step down," 1 Feb. 2018 For the material in the sun, do the surface and the layer underneath feel similar or is one warmer? Science Buddies, Scientific American, "Warm in the Sun," 12 July 2018 Whereas giving and taking are your values or motives underneath. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Professor, psychologist and author Adam Grant on Recode Decode," 5 July 2018 This week, UnderHER World is taking down the taboo of lingerie through personal stories, shoppable roundups, and a closer look at what lies underneath. Connie Wang, refinery29.com, "10 Women Share Their Sexy Selfie Tips," 25 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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