Try Our Apps


The Best Internet Slang


[uhn-der-wey for 1; uhn-der-wey for 2] /ˈʌn dərˌweɪ for 1; ˈʌn dərˈweɪ for 2/
occurring while under way:
the underway activities on a cruise ship.
under way (def 1).
Origin of underway
1735-45; adj. use of the adverbial phrase under way; see way1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for underway
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • In fact, a movement is now underway to raise the means to do that.

    The Story of the Mormons William Alexander Linn
  • Now then, how quickly can our assistance to you get underway?

    Revolution Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • He remained on board the Pinola and the two vessels then got underway, the Pinola leading.

  • The preparations for the throwing of the sixteen pound hammer were now underway.

    For the Honor of Randall Lester Chadwick
  • It is a natural process which has been underway from the beginning of the living world.

Word Origin and History for underway

1749, of ships, "having begun to move," from under + way. In reference to projects, activities, etc., it is attested from 1935.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for underway

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for underway

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for underway