underwork

1 of 2

verb

intransitive verb

1
: to do less work than is proper or suitable
2
: to do work for less than current rates

transitive verb

1
obsolete : to work against secretly : undermine
2
a
: to expend too little work upon
underwork a painting
b
: to exact too little work from
underwork a horse
underworked committee
3
: to do like work at a less price than

underwork

2 of 2

noun

: a supporting structure built underneath

Word History

Etymology

Verb

under entry 1 + work, verb

Noun

under entry 3 + work, noun

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“Underwork.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underwork. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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