Meaning of UNDERNEATH in English


I. un ‧ der ‧ neath 1 S2 /ˌʌndəˈniːθ $ -ər-/ BrE AmE preposition , adverb

[ Language: Old English ; Origin: underneothan , from under + neothan 'below' ]

1 . directly under another object or covered by it:

He got out of the car and looked underneath.

It’s near where the railway goes underneath the road.

She was wearing a smart jacket with a T-shirt underneath.

Her blonde hair was hidden underneath a baseball cap.

2 . on the lower surface of something:

The car was rusty underneath.

A number had been painted underneath the table.

3 . used to say what someone’s character is really like when their behaviour shows a different character:

She seems confident, but she’s really quite shy underneath.

I think he’s a genuinely nice guy underneath it all.

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▪ under something that is under something else has that thing directly above it or covering it:

The pen was under the desk.


She had a T-shirt on under her sweater.

▪ below in a lower position than something else, though not always directly under it:

From the cliffs we could barely see the people on the beach below us.


His apartment is below ours on the left.

▪ underneath under – used especially to emphasize that something covers, touches, or hides something:

The girls wear shorts underneath their cheerleading skirts.


I found the book underneath the sofa.

▪ beneath formal under or at a lower level:

They strolled hand in hand beneath the summer moon.


The water lies just beneath the surface of the earth.

II. underneath 2 BrE AmE noun British English

the underneath the bottom surface of something, or the part of something that is below or under something else SYN the underside :

We need to paint the underneath with a rust preventer.

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