underling

[ uhn-der-ling ]
/ ˈʌn dər lɪŋ /

noun

a subordinate, especially one of slight importance.

Nearby words

  1. underleaf,
  2. underlet,
  3. underlie,
  4. underline,
  5. underlinen,
  6. underlit,
  7. underlying,
  8. undermanned,
  9. undermentioned,
  10. undermine

Origin of underling

1125–75; Middle English. See under-, -ling1

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British Dictionary definitions for underling

underling

/ (ˈʌndəlɪŋ) /

noun

a subordinate or lackey
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Word Origin and History for underling

underling

n.

late 12c., from under + diminutive suffix -ling.

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