- a person who is expected to lose in a contest or conflict.
- a victim of social or political injustice: The underdogs were beginning to organize their protests.
Origin of underdog
1875–80, Americanism; under- + dog1
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But Gud did not hear the bark of the Underdog, for Gud was dead.
So Gud spoke comradely to the Underdog and the Underdog wagged cordially.
When the Underdog returned there followed at his heels a handsome Devil.
And we knew for the first time that a man may smile and smile and be an underdog.Pieces of Hate
- the competitor least likely to win a fight or contest
- a person in adversity or in a position of inferiority
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Word Origin and History for underdog
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