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underproof

[ uhn-der-proof ]
/ ˈʌn dərˈpruf /
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adjective
containing a smaller proportion of alcohol than proof spirit.
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Origin of underproof

First recorded in 1855–60; under- + proof
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How to use underproof in a sentence

  • But in some ways he was a kind of Thackeray several degrees underproof—a small-beer Thackeray that was a very excellent creature.

British Dictionary definitions for underproof

underproof
/ (ˌʌndəˈpruːf) /

adjective
(of a spirit) containing less than 57.1 per cent alcohol by volume
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