Meaning of UNDERNEATH in English


I. ˌəndə(r)ˈnēth preposition

Etymology: Middle English undernethe, undernethen, preposition & adverb, from Old English underneothan, from under (II) + neothan below — more at beneath

1. : directly beneath

put the date underneath the address

: close under especially so as to be covered or hidden

beetles found underneath stones and logs

stowed away underneath the flooring

2. : below an upper layer of or inside an outer surface or covering of

wore his swim suit underneath his slacks

blood vessels just underneath the skin

3. : under subjection or submission to

living underneath a crushing tyranny

4. : under the outward appearance or obvious aspect of

underneath the discursive chat of his letters is the firm fabric of economic fact — V.L.Parrington

treachery lying underneath a mask of friendliness

II. adverb

Etymology: Middle English undernethe, undernethen

1. : under or below an object or a surface often with the implication of being covered or concealed

scrape off the paint to show the grain of the wood underneath

soaked through his jacket to the shirt underneath

2. : beneath by way of support

house with a solid foundation underneath

3. : farther or lower down on the page

column of figures with the totals given underneath

4. : on the lower or downward side

pot blackened underneath

III. | ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ adjective

1. dialect : secret , surreptitious

2. : not evident on the surface

underneath meanings

3. : lying or working underneath

underneath wrestler

underneath man of an acrobatic team

IV. ˌ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˈ ̷ ̷ noun

( -s )

: the bottom surface : underside

wipe the underneath of the glass

looking at the underneaths of the china for maker's names

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.