an under or lower side.

Origin of underside

First recorded in 1670–80; under- + side1
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Related Words for underside

undersurface, belly, base, bottom, sole, root, soffit, underneath

Examples from the Web for underside

Contemporary Examples of underside

Historical Examples of underside

  • He laid the phone down and looked to the underside viewscreen.

    Space Viking

    Henry Beam Piper

  • As he turned it over in his hand he observed some lettering on the underside.

    The Hand in the Dark

    Arthur J. Rees

  • The warriors were on the underside, and Henry fell upon them.

    The Eyes of the Woods

    Joseph A. Altsheler

  • Upon the underside of one of its sleeves there is a big ink blob.

    Sundry Accounts

    Irvin S. Cobb

  • The wire should now be protected from touching the bird on its underside.

    Practical Taxidermy

    Montagu Browne

British Dictionary definitions for underside



the bottom or lower surface
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Word Origin and History for underside

c.1680, from under + side (n.). Cf. Dutch onderzijde, Danish underside, German unterseite.

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