underway

[ uhn-der-wey for 1; uhn-der-wey for 2 ]
/ ˈʌn dərˌweɪ for 1; ˈʌn dərˈweɪ for 2 /

adjective

occurring while under way: the underway activities on a cruise ship.

Nearby words

  1. underutilized,
  2. undervalue,
  3. undervest,
  4. underwaist,
  5. underwater,
  6. underwear,
  7. underweight,
  8. underwent,
  9. underwhelm,
  10. underwhelmed

Origin of underway

1735–45; adj. use of the adverbial phrase under way; see way1

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Word Origin and History for underway

underway

adv.

1749, of ships, "having begun to move," from under + way. In reference to projects, activities, etc., it is attested from 1935.

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