Definitions for underneathˌʌn dərˈniθ, -ˈnið

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

un•der•neathˌʌn dərˈniθ, -ˈnið(prep.)

  1. below the surface of; directly beneath.

  2. at the bottom of:

    exploration underneath the sea.

  3. under the control of; in a lower position than, esp. in a hierarchy of authority.

  4. hidden, disguised, or misrepresented by, as a false appearance or pretense:

    Underneath his bluster is a timid nature.

  5. (adv.)below; at a lower level or position; on the underside.

  6. (adj.)situated below or under something else; lower.

  7. (n.)the bottom; underside.

Origin of underneath:

bef. 900; ME; OE underneothan. See under , beneath

Princeton's WordNet

  1. underneath(adverb)

    on the lower or downward side; on the underside of

    "a chest of drawers all scratched underneath"

  2. underneath(adverb)

    under or below an object or a surface; at a lower place or level; directly beneath

    "we could see the original painting underneath"; "a house with a good foundation underneath"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. underneath(preposition)ˌʌn dərˈniθ, -ˈnið

    below or under

    The cat is underneath the bed.; a tunnel underneath the English Channel; The mouse ran toward the sofa and disappeared underneath.


  1. underneath(Noun)

    The part under or lower.

    The underneath of the aircraft was painted blue.

  2. underneath(Noun)

    A background radio sound track played during a specific announcement or program.

  3. underneath(Adverb)

    On the underside or lower face of.

  4. underneath(Adverb)

    Below; in a place beneath.

  5. underneath(Adjective)

    Under, lower.

    You can have the underneath bunk.

  6. underneath(Preposition)

    Under, below, beneath.

  7. underneath(Preposition)

    Under the control or power of.

    There was little freedom underneath the jackboot.

  8. Origin: underneoþan, ultimately from

Webster Dictionary

  1. Underneath(adverb)

    beneath; below; in a lower place; under; as, a channel underneath the soil

  2. Underneath

    under; beneath; below


  1. Underneath

    Underneath is the sixth album by American pop rock group Hanson. It was released in 2004 by 3CG Records. It is the band's first release on their own independent record label.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'underneath' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2154

Translations for underneath

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


at or to a lower position (than); beneath

She was standing underneath the light; Have you looked underneath the bed?

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