suspended from an upper support, as the chassis of a vehicle from the axles.
supported from above; placed or suspended below the source of support: Conestoga wagons with underslung bundles and kettles.
more massive at the bottom than the top; squat: The high wings and large fuselage give the plane an underslung look.

Origin of underslung

First recorded in 1900–05; under- + slung
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Examples from the Web for underslung

Historical Examples of underslung

  • Kit asked, after the underslung gray roadster had passed out of sight.

    Kit of Greenacre Farm

    Izola Forrester

  • I was lookin' to see some ugly mutts with underslung jaws and mops o' frizzy hair, like them Feejee Islanders ye see pitchers of.

    The Pathless Trail

    Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel

  • The beam of his underslung searchlight, shifting at his will, shot its white ray in a long, fading pencil downward as he coasted.

    Darkness and Dawn

    George Allan England

  • They are usually relatively slender-bodied with a rounded head, an underslung jaw, and no beak.

  • On steep side hills the wagon body on which the tank rests should be underslung.

    Apple Growing

    M. C. Burritt

British Dictionary definitions for underslung



suspended below a supporting member, esp (of a motor vehicle chassis) suspended below the axles
having a low centre of gravity
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