an underling.

Origin of understrapper

First recorded in 1695–1705; under- + strapper
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Examples from the Web for understrapper

Historical Examples of understrapper

  • I have no doubt that some understrapper from the Castle has had some communication with Mr. Sprugeon.

    The Prime Minister

    Anthony Trollope

  • I heard 'em say after, as he was an understrapper at Jermyn's.

  • "I had heard there was a Johnson who was an understrapper of Jermyn's," said Christian.

  • They should have captured the understrapper early in the day.

    A Fleet in Being

    Rudyard Kipling

  • What, what, was he to sell himself to be the understrapper of a sweater!

    Pelle the Conqueror, Complete

    Martin Anderson Nexo

British Dictionary definitions for understrapper



a less common word for underling

Word Origin for understrapper

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