[ bih-neeth, -neeth ]
/ bɪˈniθ, -ˈnið /


below; in or to a lower place, position, state, or the like.
underneath: heaven above and the earth beneath.


Nearby words

  1. bending fracture,
  2. bending moment,
  3. bends,
  4. bendy,
  5. bene-,
  6. beneba,
  7. benedicite,
  8. benedick,
  9. benedict,
  10. benedict i

Origin of beneath

before 900; Middle English benethe, Old English beneothan, equivalent to be- be- + neothan below, akin to Old High German nidana. See nether

Synonym study

3. See below. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for beneath

British Dictionary definitions for beneath


/ (bɪˈniːθ) /


below, esp if covered, protected, or obscured by
not as great or good as would be demanded bybeneath his dignity


below; underneath

Word Origin for beneath

Old English beneothan, from be- + neothan low; see nether

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Word Origin and History for beneath


adv., adj.

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].

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