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. Rossaida Jimenez:

    He's used to being an underdog, there's a long shot.

  2. France Iceland:

    It feels fantastic to come here as an underdog and perform in this way.

  3. Edgar Watson Howe:

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

  4. H. Jackson Brown, Jr.:

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

  5. Ted Cruz:

    The only way I've ever run is as an underdog, we're working hard to earn the votes of every man and woman here in Iowa.

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Translations for underdog

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • خاسرArabic
  • 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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