- a prefixal use of under, as to indicate place or situation below or beneath (underbrush; undertow); lower in grade or dignity (undersheriff; understudy); of lesser degree, extent, or amount (undersized); or insufficiency (underfeed).
Origin of under-
Middle English; Old English
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- below or beneathunderarm; underground
- of lesser importance or lower rankundersecretary
- to a lesser degree than is proper; insufficient or insufficientlyundercharge; underemployed
- indicating secrecy or deceptionunderhand