What does Underneath mean?

Definitions for Underneath
ˌʌn dərˈniθ, -ˈniðun·der·neath

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. underneathadverb

    on the lower or downward side; on the underside of

    "a chest of drawers all scratched underneath"

  2. underneathadverb

    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"


  1. underneathnoun

    The part under or lower.

    The underneath of the aircraft was painted blue.

  2. underneathnoun

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

  3. underneathadverb

    On the underside or lower face of.

  4. underneathadverb

    Below; in a place beneath.

  5. underneathadjective

    Under, lower.

    You can have the underneath bunk.

  6. underneathpreposition

    Under, below, beneath.

  7. underneathpreposition

    Under the control or power of.

    There was little freedom underneath the jackboot.

  8. Etymology: underneoþan, ultimately from

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Underneathadverb

    of which we still retain the comparative nether, but in adverbial sense use beneath. In the lower place; below; under; beneath.

    Etymology: Compounded from under and neath;

    Forthwith up to the clouds
    With him I flew, and underneath beheld
    The earth outstretch’d immense, a prospect wide. John Milton.

    And as I awake, sweet musick breathe
    Above, about, or underneath;
    Sent by some spirit to mortals good. John Milton.

    Or sullen Mole that runneth underneath;
    Or Severn swift, guilty of maidens death. John Milton.

    The monster caught in open day,
    Inclos’d, and in despair to fly away,
    Howls horrible from underneath. Dryden.

    The slate did not lie flat upon it, but left a free passage underneath. Addison.

  2. Underneathprep.


    Fellows in arms,
    Bruis’d underneath the yoke of tyranny,
    Thus far into the bowels of the land
    Have we march’d on. William Shakespeare.

    Pray God, she prove not masculine ere long!
    If underneath the standard of the French
    She carry armour, as she hath begun. William Shakespeare, Hen. VI.

    Underneath this stone doth lie,
    As much beauty as could die;
    Which in life did harbour give,
    To more virtue than could live. Ben Jonson.

    What is, hath been; what hath been shall ensue;
    And nothing underneath the sun is new. George Sandys, Paraphrase.

    The north and south, and each contending blast,
    Are underneath his wide dominion cast. Dryden.


  1. Underneath

    Underneath is a song recorded for Alanis Morissettes seventh studio album, Flavors of Entanglement, which was produced by Guy Sigsworth. It is the album's first single. The song was digitally released on April 15, 2008 after originally being scheduled for March 25. According to Morissette, "'Underneath' is about how you can only change the world after you change yourself."


  1. underneath

    Underneath typically refers to the space or area directly below or beneath something else. It implies a position or location that is lower or hidden from view. It can also metaphorically refer to a hidden or underlying aspect or meaning of something.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Underneathadverb

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Underneath

    un-dėr-nēth′, adv. beneath: below: in a lower place.—prep. under: beneath.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

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

Anagrams for Underneath »

  1. unadherent

  2. underthane

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Underneath in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Underneath in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Underneath in a Sentence

  1. Michael Caine:

    Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath.

  2. Marko Cunningham:

    The people that tended to survive were the ones that ended up underneath the dead people, i'm guessing that the person in front took the blast and the person behind was somehow saved. We had to take of the dead bodies from the living people underneath.

  3. Anne Morrow Lindbergh:

    Perhaps I am a bear, or some hibernating animal underneath, for the instinct to be half asleep all winter is so strong in me.

  4. Randy Smith:

    Somehow, we don't know yet how that happened, gonzalo Lopez got up underneath. Gonzalo Lopez used some type of a device to cut out the bottom of that door. Gonzalo Lopez got down underneath the door -- Gonzalo Lopez crawled underneath the door and when Gonzalo Lopez got it when Gonzalo Lopez got through that opening that Gonzalo Lopez cut open, that's when Gonzalo Lopez started struggling with the officer.

  5. Bertolt Brecht:

    For the villainy of the world is great, and a man has to run his legs off to keep them from being stolen out fom underneath him.

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    come out into view, as from concealment
    • A. disturb
    • B. emerge
    • C. attend
    • D. interrupt

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