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  1. Anatomy.
    1. (of the lower jaw) projecting beyond the upper jaw.
    2. having the lower jaw so projecting.
  2. resting on a track beneath instead of being overhung, as a sliding door.
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Origin of underhung

First recorded in 1675–85; under- + hung
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Examples from the Web for underhung

Historical Examples

  • His mouth was underhung, giving him a pugnacious and bad-tempered appearance.

    The Red Redmaynes

    Eden Phillpotts

  • At any rate, that man's idea of The Torment was a hot, crowded underground room, underhung with patterned cloths.

  • He was a clean-shaven man, with bony forehead, sunken cheeks, and an underhung mouth.

    The Vultures

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • Underhung, un-dėr-hung′, adj. hanging over, protruding from beneath: running on rollers on a rail below it—of a sliding-door—opp.

  • Silvestro was hand in hand with Petruccio and another boy, called Mastino because he was heavy-jowled and underhung.

    Little Novels of Italy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett

British Dictionary definitions for underhung


  1. (of the lower jaw) projecting beyond the upper jaw; undershot
  2. (of a sliding door, etc) supported at its lower edge by a track or rail
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