What does underdog mean?

Definitions for underdogˈʌn dərˌdɔg, -ˌdɒg

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word underdog.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. underdog(noun)

    one at a disadvantage and expected to lose


  1. underdog(Noun)

    A competitor thought unlikely to win.

  2. underdog(Noun)

    Somebody at a disadvantage.

  3. underdog(Noun)

    A high swing wherein the person pushing the swing runs beneath the swing while the person being pushed is at the forward limit of the arc.

  4. Origin: From under + dog.


  1. Underdog

    Underdog is an American animated television series that debuted October 3, 1964, on the NBC network under the primary sponsorship of General Mills, and continued in syndication until 1973, for a run of 124 episodes. Underdog, Shoeshine Boy's heroic alter-ego, appeared whenever love interest Sweet Polly Purebred was being victimized by such villains as Simon Bar Sinister or Riff Raff. Underdog nearly always speaks in rhyme, as in, "There's no need to fear, Underdog is here!" His voice was supplied by Wally Cox.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of underdog in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of underdog in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Edgar Watson Howe:

    The underdog often starts the fight, and occasionally the upper dog deserves to win.

  2. H. Jackson Brown, Jr.:

    I never expect to lose. Even when I'm the underdog, I still prepare a victory speech.

  3. Lily James as Cinderella:

    It's the story of the underdog, that you root for the girl who has nothing but deserves so much more because she's so good and kind.

  4. Ivan Bravo:

    It's thrilling, there's always an underdog story, the little guy trying to punch above their weight story, and I think people will get behind it.

  5. Dave Christian:

    In sports in general, everyone roots for the underdog, which we certainly were an underdog, we were aware of the political situation in the world, but in a lot of respects for us it truly was a game, a great challenge.

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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • Underdog, AußenseiterGerman
  • tapadoSpanish
  • altavastaajaFinnish
  • outsiderFrench
  • perdente, outsider, oppressoItalian
  • 敗残者, 弱者Japanese
  • underdogDutch
  • ktoś na przegranej pozycjiPolish
  • azarãoPortuguese
  • неудачник, проигравший, андердог, побеждённая сторона, аутсайдер, подчинившаяся сторонаRussian
  • ม้ามืดThai

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