[uhn-der-woo d]


woody shrubs or small trees growing among taller trees.
a clump or stretch of such growth.

Origin of underwood

First recorded in 1275–1325, underwood is from the Middle English word underwode. See under-, wood1
Related formsun·der·wood·ed, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for underwood

Contemporary Examples of underwood

Historical Examples of underwood

  • On each side of them there was underwood between the stems of the tall trees.


    Theodor Hertzka

  • There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a jungle, close about the door.

  • Crossing the water to an island, they plunged into a bit of underwood.

    Therese Raquin

    Emile Zola

  • Thank you, Mr. Underwood—we'll stand in the presence of the Board.

  • The ancient Trojans were fools to your father, Mrs. Underwood.

British Dictionary definitions for underwood



a less common word for undergrowth



Rory. born 1963, English Rugby Union player: played 85 times for England (1984–96) and scored 49 tries (an England record)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012