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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. Laura Linney:

    She's a war widow from that period of time and the impact that the war has on everyone in this film is the sort of unspoken earthquake underneath the story.

  2. Vince Macaluso:

    ’ You’re gon na think I ’m crazy, but. … ’ That’s what they ’ll say : ‘ My back’s been on fire for the past week ’ or ‘ My left leg goes out from underneath me, ’.

  3. Matt Groening:

    Love is a snowmobile racing across the tundra and then suddenly it flips over, pinning you underneath. At night, the ice weasels come.

  4. Jorge Camacho:

    We have confirmed the death of 16 people and we believe there are more underneath the bus, so the death toll could reach 20.

  5. Liam Phillips:

    Someone can come underneath you in a corner, an elbow can catch you, suddenly you're on the floor, nine times out of 10 it stays on the track. There is a mutual respect, but I'll make Liam Phillips heard when I need to.

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