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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.

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. Philippa Langley:

    The thinking in Reading, using current estimates of the size of the abbey, is that this burial spot is located beneath a school, if the abbey is larger, it could be situated underneath either what is today a playground or a car park.

  3. Van Dam:

    It was literally stuck underneath a warm layer of air just above. In the meteorological world, this is referred to as an inversion when the temperature actually warms with height (as opposed to it cooling with a rise in altitude).

  4. Shad Moss:

    I never said this is my money, i put a quote underneath that picture.

  5. Enrico Dallavecchia:

    He was ahead of his time in terms of understanding risk, if he felt that the returns were not high enough for the risk, he would turn down a deal, even if people underneath him were telling him to do it.

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