[ uhn-der-strap-er ]

  1. an underling.

Origin of understrapper

First recorded in 1695–1705; under- + strapper

Words Nearby understrapper

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How to use understrapper in a sentence

  • They think you have come because you wanted to straighten out a low-down trick worked by an understrapper.

    Blow The Man Down | Holman Day
  • Them is only one white man, a third assistant understrapper and ex-sailor—a common sailor.

    Adventure | Jack London
  • Or perhaps seeing me inside he may have thought I was some understrapper belonging to the place.

    Chance | Joseph Conrad
  • This was to instruct his understrapper to fill the theatre with a rabble and have her hissed off the stage.

    The Magnificent Montez | Horace Wyndham
  • I heard 'em say after, as he was an understrapper at Jermyn's.

British Dictionary definitions for understrapper


/ (ˈʌndəˌstræpə) /

  1. a less common word for underling

Origin of understrapper

C18: from strap (in the archaic sense: to work hard)

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