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underling

[ uhn-der-ling ]
/ ˈʌn dər lɪŋ /
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noun

a subordinate, especially one of slight importance.

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Origin of underling

1125–75; Middle English. See under-, -ling1
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underling
/ (ˈʌndəlɪŋ) /

noun

a subordinate or lackey
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