underside

noun un·der·side \ ˈən-dər-ˌsīd , ˌən-dər-ˈsīd \
|Updated on: 21 Aug 2018

Definition of underside

1 : the side or surface lying underneath
2 : a side usually hidden from sight; specifically : the more unpleasant or reprehensible side
  • the underside of politics

Examples of underside in a Sentence

  1. the underside of the table

  2. The book explores the underside of human nature.

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First Known Use of underside

1660

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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UNDERSIDE Defined for English Language Learners

underside

Definition of underside for English Language Learners

  • : the bottom side or part of something

  • : a part of life, a city, etc., that is hidden and usually unpleasant


UNDERSIDE Defined for Kids

underside

noun un·der·side \ ˈən-dər-ˌsīd \

Definition of underside for Students

: the side or surface lying underneath
  • the underside of a leaf


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