- below; in or to a lower place, position, state, or the like.
- underneath: heaven above and the earth beneath.
- below; under: beneath the same roof.
- farther down than; underneath; lower in place than: The first drawer beneath the top one.
- lower down on a slope than: beneath the crest of a hill.
- inferior or less important, as in position, rank, or power: A captain is beneath a major.
- unworthy of; below the level or dignity of: to regard others as beneath one; behavior that was beneath contempt.
Origin of beneath
Examples from the Web for beneath
But beneath all the shiny esteem, the 25-year-old Wright led a seedy double life.The Navy ‘Hero’ Who Pimped an HIV-Positive Teen
December 11, 2014
His face was partially obscured by a bandana and a baseball cap, from beneath which his long ponytail hung limply.Rand Paul’s Fans Hate His ISIS Plan
September 19, 2014
He may look Top Gun, with his flight suit and aviator shades, but beneath the façade lays a man torn to pieces.Ethan Hawke's 'Good Kill': A Searing Indictment of America's Drone Warfare Obsession
September 6, 2014
But beneath the surface, Democrats are doing OK—and Tea Party governors may pay the price for failing to moderate.The Tea Party Governor Backlash of 2014
August 25, 2014
This beach in Massachusetts closed at 7:30 PM, and beneath the beach prohibitions was another sign reading, “No Dunes.”Why I Hate The Beach
P. J. O’Rourke
July 27, 2014
He crumpled the poster and inserted it beneath the lid of his iron stove.Way of the Lawless
Beneath were the illustrious dead; around were the illustrious living.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
Beneath the car of this Juggernaut we must flout our judgments and crush our affections.The Conquest of Fear
So far as he could determine, she: had not even sunk once beneath the surface.Within the Law
Just beneath where she sat two men were having a most energetic duel of words.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
- below, esp if covered, protected, or obscured by
- not as great or good as would be demanded bybeneath his dignity
- below; underneath
Word Origin and History for beneath
Old English beneoðan "beneath, under, below," from be- "by" + neoðan "below," originally "from below," from Proto-Germanic *niþar "lower, farther down, down" (see nether). Meaning "unworthy of" is attested from 1849 (purists prefer below in this sense). "The be- gave or emphasized the notion of 'where,' excluding that of 'whence' pertaining to the simple niðan" [OED].