underarm

[uhn-der-ahrm]
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adjective

of, situated, or for use under the arm or in the armpit: an underarm deodorant.
underhand: an underarm pitch in softball.

noun

adverb


Nearby words

  1. underachieve,
  2. underachiever,
  3. underact,
  4. underactive,
  5. underage,
  6. underarmed,
  7. underbearer,
  8. underbelly,
  9. underbid,
  10. underbite

Origin of underarm

First recorded in 1810–20; under- + arm1

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British Dictionary definitions for underarm

underarm

adjective

(of a measurement) extending along the arm from wrist to armpit
sport of or denoting a style of throwing, bowling, or serving in which the hand is swung below shoulder level
below the arm

adverb

in an underarm style
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Word Origin and History for underarm

underarm

adj.

1816, "underhand" (in reference to a style of throwing), from under + arm (n.1). First attested 1908 in dressmaking sense of "seams on the lower half of the arm-hole;" as a euphemism for armpit, it is attested from 1930s, popularized by advertisers.

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Medicine definitions for underarm

underarm

[ŭndər-ärm′]

adj.

Located, placed, or used under the arm.

n.

The armpit.

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