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underneath

[uhn-der-neeth, -neeth ] /ˌʌn dərˈniθ, -ˈnið/
preposition
1.
below the surface or level of; directly or vertically beneath; at or on the bottom of.
2.
under the control of; in a lower position in a hierarchy of authority:
Underneath the department heads are the junior executives.
3.
hidden, disguised, or misrepresented, as by a false appearance or pretense:
Underneath his bluster is a timid nature.
adverb
4.
below; at a lower level or position; on the underside.
adjective
5.
lower; situated below or under.
noun
6.
the bottom; underside; lowest part.
Origin of underneath
900
before 900; Middle English undernethe, Old English underneothan. See under, beneath
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  • Wiglaf stabs the dragon from underneath, and Bewulf cuts it in two with his dagger.

    Beowulf Unknown
  • The men were working at the breast of it, some underneath, some on top.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • Once, he roused with a start and hastily got the axe out from underneath the lashings.

    White Fang Jack London
  • underneath was printed "May be consulted gratis from ten to four."

    The Stark Munro Letters J. Stark Munro
  • underneath is a stone platform, and on it the hideous elephant-god.

    Things as They Are Amy Wilson-Carmichael
British Dictionary definitions for underneath

underneath

/ˌʌndəˈniːθ/
preposition, adverb
1.
under; beneath
adjective
2.
lower
noun
3.
a lower part, surface, etc
Word Origin
Old English underneothan, from under + neothan below; related to Old Danish underneden; see beneath
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Word Origin and History for underneath
adv.

Old English underneoðan, from under + neoðan "below" (see beneath).

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